By Chito Chavez
The military had beefed up security in Metro Manila to thwart efforts to obstruct peace in the National Capital Region (NCR) as ordered by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista who chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council.
According to Brig. Gen. Jesus Mananquil, commander of the military’s Joint Task Force NCR, soldiers and military K-9 units were already sent to augment the Quezon City Police District as early as last Friday.
“We have sent troops to Quezon City Police District. We will fight the intention of those who want to sow terror. We are always in support of NCRPO as far as safety and public order is concerned in Metro Manila,” Mananquil said.
Aside from soldiers, the military also deployed bomb-sniffing dogs to bus terminals and commercial centers in Quezon City.
Quezon City – the biggest and most populous city in Metro Manila – hosts several critical installations such as La Mesa Dam, the House of Representatives, the Bangko Sentral, major broadcast networks, specialty hospitals and dozens of national government agencies.
Bautista directed the NCRPO to intensify mobile and foot patrols and set up checkpoints as a precautionary measure following the escalation of hostilities in Marawi City that prompted President Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.
He explained that the move to ramp up security measures is not meant to scare people.
“Hindi natin kailangan maging alarmists para doon sa mga mamamayan natin. Everything is okay naman dito. But we have to be prepared,” the mayor said.
“We are saddened by what happened in Marawi. We are praying that it will be solved as soon as possible time. But, we are vigilant na hindi ito mangyari sa Metro Manila,” he added.
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