MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao on Monday said the first State of the Nation Address of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was peaceful and orderly as he thanked groups that held mass actions for their cooperation.
Danao said the event concluded with no untoward incident. “We can say that it's one of the most peaceful SONAs ever," he said.
“Kung makikita ninyo walang nagiriang mga raliyista at PNP. Tumupad 'yung mga raliyista sa napag-usapan, sana lang sa mga susunod ay ganun din palagi (There was no tension between the protesters and the PNP. The protesters fulfilled what was discussed, I just hope that in the future it would be the same)," he said.
He attributed the peaceful SONA to the cooperation of agencies in the planning and implementation of the security plans.
“We also thank the general public including the progressive groups for their cooperation in the security guidelines that we have implemented," Danao said.
National Capital Region Police Office chief Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad said around 5,000 protesters came to air out their grievances and about 6,000 pro-government groups also held programs in support of the plans of the present administration.
Natividad said both parties heeded with the rules set by the local government of Quezon City.
"We owe the success of our peace and order operation in this event from the collaboration and unity of various offices and units concerned," he said. (PNA)