PNP tells protesters to guard ranks

MANILA — While it assured maximum tolerance towards militant groups, the Philippine National Police (PNP) urged the protesters guard their ranks to avoid any untoward incident when they join the National Day of Protest on Sept. 21, Thursday.

PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, made the statement in a report by Radyo Pilipinas Wednesday.

He said activists should police their own ranks to prevent persons with bad motives from infiltrating the demonstration, which could help in reducing untoward incidents.

Carlos, however, said the PNP is yet to detect any security threat during the expected protest actions.

September 21 marks the 45th anniversary of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Sept. 21, 2017 as a “National Day of Protest” and announced the suspension of classes in public schools and work in government offices, giving leeway to militant groups to conduct mass and other protest actions.