No threats, theatrics on SONA day

Posted at 07/24/11 3:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PN) said it has not received any security threats ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Malacanang also assured the public that the police have implemented a strict security plan. This comes amid the twin incidents in Oslo, Norway, where an alleged far-right activist supposedly bombed the central district and later opened fire at a youth camp.

PNP chief Raul Bacalzo said additional forces from different parts of the country have arrived in Manila to ensure security.

Some 15,000 police will be roaming around Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City and around Metro Manila on SONA day.

Both military and police have also declared a no-fly zone in the area starting 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday.

No theatrics

Meanwhile, Malacanang officials are tight-lipped as to what Aquino would be announcing during his SONA.

“I purposely stayed away from seeing the draft,” Deputy Presidential Abigail Valte said over radio dzRB.

Pressed further by reporters, Valte remained mum, saying: “Let’s just wait for the speech tomorrow.” She said the speech is still undergoing revisions.

Valte only said there would be neither theatrics nor new slogans in Aquino’s address.

Some believe that the speech will again revolve around criticizing the previous administration. Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s camp said she would not be at the Batasang Pambansa during the SONA. – with a report from Dennis Datu, dzMM