NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar D. Alba-yalde yesterday said some 1,000
additional policemen have been mobilized to beef up anti-riot troops deployed to guard against
violent protest rallies related to the ongoing 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)
Summit and Related Meetings in Manila.
Albayalde said the augmentation troops come from the Philippine National Police Special Action
Force and the Police Regional Office 4-A. “Para lang ’yung mga naka-detail sa hotels ay pwedeng i-
pull out at ipapalit natin at pwedeng idagdag sa CDM (Civil Disturbance Management) contingents
natin,” he explained.
The NCRPO chief also defended their use of sonic alarms to repel hundreds of demonstrators who
tried to march near the venue of the Asean Summit on Monday, triggering skirmishes with CDM units
which resulted in injuries to 28 policemen.
Police fired water cannons and activated high-pitched alarms described as sonic weapon or
Long-Range Acoustic Device or LRAD to stop the protesters’ march towards the Philippine International
Convention Center, earning protests from march leaders led by Ba-yan Muna Secretary General Renato
Albayalde said the LRAD only causes discomfort. “Ang LRAD po ay non-fatal iyan, wala pong
harmful effect at ginagamit po iyan talaga during hindi mo na talaga makontrol ang mga raliyista
kagaya kahapon, kung saan sinaktan na nila ang mga pulis natin at pinilit nilang makalusot sa mga
barikada,” he told People’s Tonight.
The official admitted that water cannon hurts more actually. He said that once its water
pressure is high, a person receiving the burst of water would feel like being punched.
Albayalde said that the demonstrators were only allowed to converge at Liwasang Bonifacio and
Plaza Miranda but tried to punch their way into the road leading to the Philippine International
Albayalde stressed that police are under orders to exercise maximum tolerance in dealing with
any protest actions as long as the protesters will not violate the law, inconvenience the general
public and hurt other people.