Davao City Police Office spokesperson Maj. Ma. Teresita Gaspan. (PNA file photo)

DAVAO CITY – Some 2,500 policemen will be deployed to ensure tight security measures during the inauguration of Vice President-elect Sara Duterte at the San Pedro Square here on June 19.

Major Ma. Teresita Gaspan, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson, said preparations include pre-event inspection, and on-the-day personnel deployment and security assistance.

“We're all set, and we are just fine-tuning it based on the requirements needed for the event,” Gaspan said in an interview Wednesday.
“We have a continuous conference with all offices and units under the public safety and security clusters.”

Gaspan said security procedures include traffic and police measures, as well as mandatory security protocols to be observed by those who plan to attend the event, which is estimated to draw a crowd of 20,000 people.

Groups planning to hold protests in time for the event “have the right to do so,” Gaspan said, but made it clear that protest organizers must conduct it with due consideration to public safety and convenience.

“If they want to hold a rally, they might as well secure a permit. They are allowed to do so, then their actions should not cause any imminent danger, violence or do not impede public convenience,” she said.

Gaspan said they already considered protest actions as part of their security preparations.

She reminded those who will witness the ceremony not to bring backpacks, sharp objects such as bladed weapons, and even umbrellas, and also to avoid wearing jackets. (PNA)