This was how Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Benjamin Acorda Jr. described President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24, 2023.
Acorda said that despite a number of protest rallies by anti-government groups in some parts of Metro Manila and other provinces, no untoward incident happened.
“Everything took place according to our plans. We made sure that the President was secured along with all the participants in the event,” he said.
Acorda said more than 20,000 police personnel were deployed in Metro Manila and other key cities and regions as part of the PNP’s elaborate security preparation for the President’s SONA.
Speaking to reporters in Camp Crame on Wednesday, Acorda thanked the men and women of the PNP, to include volunteers, for a job well done.
“This mission is a testament to our personnel’s professionalism and their dedication. They exceeded all our expectations, needless to say,” he added.
Likewise, the PNP chief commended Task Force Commander PBGEN Jose Melecio Nartatez Jr., head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), for his exemplary leadership before and during the event.
Acorda said the successful handling of the President’s SONA was a product of the PNP’s collaborative efforts along with other key security agencies of the government and other Local Government Units (LGUs).
“We made sure to exercise maximum tolerance towards the rallyists without putting the overall security protocols for the SONA in jeopardy,” he explained.
“The PNP is duty-bound to protect our people at all times. We will continue to do so while at the same time being mindful of the constitutionally guaranteed right of those who want to ventilate their grievances in a peaceful way,” Acorda said.