20,000 troops to be deployed for Marcos Jr's first SONA

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Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., waves to the audience after taking oath as the 17th President of the Philippines during the inauguration ceremony at the National Museum in Manila, Philippines, June 30, 2022. More than 20,000 troops are expected to be deployed during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25. (REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)

Some 20,000 troops will be deployed when President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) next Monday (July 25), said the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday.

PNP Director for Operations PMGen Valeriano de Leon told TeleRadyo that active disturbance management groups will be among the personnel deployed. "Doon sa official na pinresenta ng (National Capital Region Police Office) at nangangailangan sila ng higit 15,000. Pero kasama na yung force multiplier natin, (Presidential Security Group, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority), atsaka mga…mahigit 20,000."

(In the official document presented by the NCRPO, they need more than 15,000. But if we include our force multipliers, the PSG and the MMDA, then we'll have more than 20,000.)

According to ABS-CBN News, de Leon also denied accusations by some progressive groups that the deployment is “overkill”. He said, “Baka mamaya, pag may mangyayari, di inaasahan, magtatanong ang kababayan, asaan ang mga pulis? (If something unexpected happens, our kababayans might ask, where is the police?)"

Separately, CNN Philippines reported that Marcos aims to keep his first SONA "simple".

House Secretary General Mark Mendoza said, "The President wants the SONA to be simple para makapagprepare po siya ng message po sa general public. So far iyon lang po, gusto lang ni Presidente maging simple ang SONA," he said, when asked whether Marcos gave additional directives for next week.

(The President wants the SONA to be simple so he can prepare his message to the general public. So far that's it, the President only wanted the SONA to be simple.)

Malacañang assured that addressing the rising prices of goods and services is one of the Marcos administration’s top priorities.

Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said that the country’s inflation rate, which was at 6.1% already in June, was discussed during the first Cabinet meeting on July 5.

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