By Jong Cadion
ZAMBOANGA CITY (May 1, 2017) - The Filipinos in the country will celebrate Labor Day on May 1, 2017, during this time, various labor organizations, transport groups, and other militant/ cause -oriented groups are expected to conduct simultaneous mass actions to air their grievances and demands against the present administration. Likewise, other threat groups might take advantage of the occasion and launch terror attacks or other nefarious activities, official said.
PRO9 Information Officer PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA disclosed that the PRO9 joins the PNP in undertaking the necessary preparations to ensure the peaceful conduct of Labor Day celebration in Zamboanga Peninsula. The PNP personnel deployed are under a strong directive to uphold the basic rights of freedom of speech and the freedom of peaceful assembly.
PSupt. Alabata said that the PNP personnel are reminded to observe the Revised Police Operational Procedures of the organization, always placed the highest respect for human rights, exercise maximum tolerance in case a mass assemblies or protests arises and act accordingly as a good example of a true police officer.
The PNP will continue its anti-criminality operations against criminal/ lawless elements. Basic police duties and responsibilities in the maintenance of peace and order and public safety will not be compromised, he added.
PRO9 Regional Director PCSUPT BILLY B BELTRAN said with the long weekend ahead, the public is encouraged to be vigilant against modus operandi of criminal/ lawless elements. He also urges the public to report to the authorities any untoward incidents.