News Release

Mimaropa cops on full alert for PBBM’s 2nd SONA

MANILA – The Police Regional Office-Region 4B (PRO-Mimaropa) has placed all its stations in the region on full alert as part of efforts to secure President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24.

Mimaropa is comprised of the provinces of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

In a statement on Thursday, PRO-4B chief Brig. Gen. Joel Doria has directed the maximum preparedness and intensification of anti-crime operations of all police units in preparation for Marcos’ second SONA.

Doria said police officers in the region will be on full alert and are ready to be deployed in the different areas as the need arises to undertake Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) operations.

“The public can assure of the readiness of all police units in the region, together with the different line agencies, in securing the community from lawless elements that may cause harm and threat to peace and order,” Doria stressed.

Doria also directed the lower units to work closely with the military counterparts, force multipliers, stakeholders, and the local government units in maintaining peace and order during the SONA.

“I already directed all field commanders and unit leaders in the region to intensify proactive security measures to ensure vigilance and readiness in their respective AORs during the 2nd SONA of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.,” Doria said.

The PNP earlier said more than 22,000 policemen and augmentation forces will be tapped to secure the President’s SONA, around 5,000 of whom would be deployed near the Batasang Pambansa.

Article 7, Section 23 of the Constitution requires the President to “address the Congress at the opening of its regular session”.

The President delivers the SONA every year, usually held every last Monday of July, to report the state of the country, unveil the administration’s agenda and ask Congress to pass priority measures. (PNA)