PNP, MMDA all set for ‘Edsa Tayo’ rally-A A +A
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will be on full alert starting 6 a.m. on Wednesday for the "Edsa Tayo" prayer rally and vigil against the pork barrel system.
The NCRPO will deploy 2,931 policemen around the Edsa Shrine excluding the augmentation from the National Support Units and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Policemen will be stationed along Edsa who will be responsible for crowd control and secure public safety in major thoroughfares and places of convergence and vital installations. Traffic will then be manned by the MMDA.
"Let us implement maximum tolerance. But let us remain on our feet, constantly alert and vigilant to pre-empt any untoward incident that the would-be criminals may take advantage of, and ensure the safety of everyone involved in this event," said NCRPO Regional Director, Police Superintendent Marcelo Garbo Jr. in a statement following the final coordination of the event with the MMDA in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.
Garbo instructed all district directors to intensify the intelligence and counter intelligence operations and strengthen the conduct of checkpoints on the entry-exit to Edsa Shrine and Metro Manila. The MMDA also released a rerouting scheme for motorists who will pass along Edsa.
Protesters will not be allowed to occupy the flyover so as not to affect traffic, said Elmo San Diego, head of the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety. So far, more than 5,500 people confirmed their attendance to the prayer vigil based on its official Facebook page.
"Edsa Tayo" will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Daniel Pedarse, one of the organizers, reminded those interested to participate in the prayer vigil not to bring banners, placards, effigies or bullhorns.
The vigil will begin with a noon mass by Edsa Shrine rector Fr. Nilo Mangusad followed by a lecture on pork barrel system by former Planning Secretary Winnie Monsod and ex-National Treasurer Leonor Briones.
Activities from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. are inter-faith gathering, presentation of prayer against pork barrel and lighting of vigil candle/freedom flame.
Pedarse said they will also offer prayers for the people of Zamboanga City, site of the ongoing standoff between the military and forces loyal to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari.
"Sa umpisa pa lang ay napagkasunduan na namin na kahit 15 lang kami ay itutuloy namin kaya lang maraming nagpapahiwatig na kaisa sila layunin namin na idaraan sa pagdarasal ang ating kinabukasan," he told Sun.Star.
The priority development assistance fund (PDAF) is widely seen as milking cow for corrupt lawmakers. Public anger over alleged fund misuse spilled to the streets through a "Million People March" in Luneta last August 26.
Another anti-pork barrel rally will feature leftist groups on Friday, September 13, also in Luneta. (Glaiza Jarloc/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)