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Cops on alert today; AFP sees no threat

THE police will deploy enough force on the ground to ensure the public safety and peace and order during the Labor Day celebrations in the city and elsewhere today.

Police said a maximum tolerance policy will be implemented, provided that protesters have an approved permit from the local government unit.

AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said the military has yet to detect any threat coming from communist rebels for the celebration of Labor Day.

“The only monitored activity by leftist activists so far is the conduct of rallies to push their labor agenda which is already being addressed by the government and our lawmaking body,” he said.

“While Labor Day is supposed to be celebrated to pay fitting tribute to Filipino workforce, it has been historically marred by protest actions and public assemblies, often initiated by militant labor and cause-oriented groups,” Police Director General Oscar Albayalde said.

He said the directorial staff convened for a staff conference on various matters, including security preparations for the nationwide observance of Labor Day today.

Albayalde said the sizable security contingent will be fielded to ensure order and security in all places of engagement while policy of maximum tolerance will be strictly observed by police security forces.

“Consistent with national policy, the PNP will support all lawful and peaceful activities in commemoration of Labor Day, but only within the bounds the law,” he noted.

Albayalde enjoined those who will join the rally to be vigilant and alert at all times.

“We are warning the public. Many of them want to sow chaos or others to be hurt. They will take advantage of that situation. That’s how it is. Not all of these groups participating in rallies are cause-oriented. Some of them just want to spark trouble and some are even armed,” Albayalde added.

Meanwhile, Albayalde slammed the statement of the activist group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) after they tagged the PNP as among the government agencies that is “anti-worker.”

“How can they say that we are anti-worker? They might be the ones who are ‘anti-worker’. You know why? Why do investors pull out from the country? This KMU will penetrate the union of a company and then they will hold rallies. The investor will become frustrated and will then leave. What happens next? Who loses jobs? Our fellow Filipinos,” he told reporters.

Albayalde also scored militant groups for blaming the government on the lack of investment opportunities in the country, when it is actually them who are driving away investors through their actions. (PNA)

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