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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has formed a security task team for the inaugurations of Marcos and Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has established a task force to handle security preparations for President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s and Vice President-elect Sara Z. Duterte-inaugurations. Carpio’s

Marcos’ camp said that his inauguration will take place on June 30 at the National Museum in Manila, while Duterte’s will take place on June 19 in Davao City.

The PNP created Security Task Group Manila to manage the security preparations for Marcos’ oath-taking, while Security Task Group Davao would handle the preparations for Duterte, according to PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo.

Fajardo said the police force is working with the next administration’s transition team to guarantee a “smooth” inauguration despite upcoming protests and recent bomb threats in Mindanao.

“Nagstart na tayo makipagpulong sa responsible authorities, particularly ‘yong transition team ng papasok na administrasyon at nagkaroon ng ocular inspection kahapon,” Fajardo said during the Laging Handa press conference on Friday.

Despite recent explosions in Isabela City, Basilan, and Sultan Kudarat, Fajardo stated the PNP has not detected any security concerns related to Marcos and Duterte’s inauguration.

“We are not complacent, though,” she continued, “and we continue to do intelligence monitoring and collection to ensure that we are not caught off guard by any scenario that could interrupt the inauguration of our country’s top two officials.”

The PNP, according to Fajardo, expects street protests during the inaugurations.

“Sa mga kababayan natin, inirespeto natin ang karapatan nila na magpahayag ng kanilang mga damdamin subalit dapat ay nasa within the boundaries of the law at nasa proper forum nila gawin’yong kanilang pagpo-protesta ng kanilang mga damdamin (To our fellow citizens, we recognize your right to express your concerns, but please do it within the confines of the law and in a proper forum while doing so),” Fajardo stated.

Meanwhile, PNP-Public Information Office chief Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba said the PNP is in full preparation mode and that the PNP’s Police Security and Protection Group is ready to help the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in securing the two events.

“As a result of this, the PNP has been tasked with assisting in the security of the site, as well as the areas through which he would transit.” In terms of preparation, the PNP, like the involved agencies and other law enforcement units, is in full swing,” Alba said in a separate statement.

“On the deployment, there was already coordination with the PSG. Due to security concerns, the number of security officers is kept private “He went on to say.

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