9,000 cops to be deployed at Arroyo State of Nation Adress
MANILA, Philippines — At least 9,000 policemen will be fielded within the vicinity of the Batasan Complex in Quezon City on July 23 when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will deliver her State of the Nation Address before Congress, an official said Tuesday.
Anti-riot policemen will come from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), with augmentation from the National Capital Region command of the Armed Forces, Senior Superintendent Magtanggol Gatdula said.
Gatdula said protesters would be prohibited from staging a rally beyond the Ever Gotesco Mall in Commonwealth Avenue.
Gatdula said they have not monitored threats from the communist rebels, who were reported to have planned to infiltrate the rally last year.