*NCRPO Successfully Secured Black Friday Protests in MM*
Four days following the success of National and Local Elections 2022, a “Black Friday Protest” was launched by several activists and leftist groups with majority were students who claimed themselves as “Iskolar ng Bayan” (state scholars) from state universities to express their discontentment in the conduct of the May 9 National and Local Elections. The demonstrators went on foot from Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila early morning to Philippine International Convention (PICC) where the National Canvassing is being held but ended up in front of Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex, along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, due to road blocks set up by NCRPO Civil Disturbance Management contingents in all routes leading to their target destination.
In the afternoon, avid supporters flocked to the thanksgiving event of Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan at the Bellarmine Field in Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).
While protesters held their placards and banners to express their sentiments with regards to the result of the polls, the men and women of the National Capital Region under the stint of the Regional Director, PMGEN FELIPE R NATIVIDAD upheld human rights and maintained maximum tolerance, marking the staged program as generally peaceful with no untoward incident happened.
Strategic personnel deployment, civil disturbance management, traffic management, Emergency Response Team and other related security and safety measures employed were the key to ensure the security and protection of all the attendees.
“We are not the enemies of the rallyists. We are here because we are tasked to manage the crowd and influx of cause-oriented groups with our utmost respect to human rights. Patuloy lamang po kami sa pagsigurado na ang lahat ng dumalo ay ligtas na nakapagpahayag ng kanilang saloobin,” Said PMGEN NATIVIDAD.
He further assured that NCRPO will proactively conduct anti criminality operations during mass protests to ensure peaceful and safe place for participants and attendees against would be criminals who would take advantage of the situation.###