JTF-NCR deploys 6 companies, other assets for SONA

MANILA, Philippines — The AFP’s Joint Task Group-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) has deployed six crowd control companies and other assets to secure the first ever State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Monday.

Other JTF-NCR assets deployed include eight K-9 teams, eight explosive ordnance disposal teams, five ambulance-medics teams, a platoon of quick reaction force, three special recon teams, one CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) platoon;

One mass casualty decontamination unit, a rescue helicopter, a air ambulance, two combat utility helicopters, a air traffic controller team, a communication van, and a rapid deployment force with armor units, JTF-NCR acting commander Col. Vic Tomas said.

He added these units will support the PNP in its mission to secure the occasion.

Tomas said all military units, delegated to SONA support missions, were placed in red alert as of midnight. PNA/northboundasia.com