NO THREAT. Major Jepphre Taccad, Ilocos Norte police spokesperson, says on Thursday (June 23, 2022) there are no reports of threat of violence related to the June 27 mass oath-taking of elected officials. Nonetheless, authorities are still taking precautions by deploying a battalion to guard the venue at the Laoag City Centennial Arena. (Contributed file photo)

LAOAG CITY – The Ilocos Norte police on Thursday said it has not received any information on any threat of violence directed toward government authorities and buildings.

Nonetheless, authorities are still taking precautions for the mass inauguration of newly-elected provincial, municipal, and city officials on June 27.

Maj. Jepphre Taccad, Ilocos Norte police spokesperson, said they will deploy a battalion to guard the Laoag City Centennial Arena where some 5,000 people will attend the event.

“As a precautionary measure, we will be on full alert status,” he said, citing barricades will be set up near the area.

Earlier, local officials here have been eyeing reopening the bigger and better Ferdinand E. Marcos Sports Stadium as a venue for the mass oath-taking ceremony but due to unpredictable weather, organizers opted to move it to the Centennial Arena.

As of this posting, incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos has yet to confirm his attendance at the mass inauguration.

Confirmed to administer the mass oath-taking ceremony is Senator Ma. Imelda Josefa "Imee” Marcos, two village chairpersons, and a judge. (PNA)