Cops brace for anti-pork barrel rally
MANILA – The Manila Police District (MPD) will be on alert starting Saturday in preparation for the day of protest against pork barrel scheduled on Monday, August 26, coinciding with the National Heroes’ Day.
MPD Chief Supt. Isagani Genabe Jr. said they will coordinate with the organizers of the rally to ensure the safety of the attendees.
Around 300 MPD police officers are expected to be deployed at the Rizal Park on Monday. An additional 200 cops will also be deployed by the National Capital Region Police Office.
The Philippine National Police (PNP), meanwhile, assured the public that the protest will not be used as a venue for any violent attack.
PNP Chief Reuben Sindac said the PNP is also monitoring intelligence units to prevent any groups from exploiting the activity.
“Substantial personnel will remain on regular patrol. Anti-criminality security in different commercial establishments and public venues ay lalong paiigitingin during this activity," said Sindac.
The protest, dubbed "A Million People's March to Luneta,” aims to show public outrage over the misuse of lawmakers' pork barrel.
The movement, which started on social media when the controversy surrounding the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam broke out, got an overwhelming response from citizens and several civil society groups.