The Daily Tribune, Saturday, June 11, 2011
The military’s National Capital Region Command (NCRCom) will deploy 500 personnel to assist the Presidential Security Group and the Philippine National Police in securing the 113th Independence Day celebration tomorrow.
Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr. said aside from the 500 NCRCom troops to be deployed, the AFP also mobilized 300 follow on forces, three Civil Disturbance Management units and two communications teams on stand-by as possible reinforcements.
The AFP was primarily tasked to secure Rizal Park in Manila where a grand parade is scheduled; Monumento in Caloocan City and the Museleo de Veteranos de la Revolucion or the Manila North Cemetery.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines is in full participation as we rejoice together with the nation in commemorating the 113 years of our independence,” Oban said.
Parading elements composed of one battalion each from the Philippine Army, AFP General Headquarters, Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Composite Enlisted Women; two battalions from the Peacekeeping Contingent and 121 personnel from the AFP Band will join the Kalayaan Grand Parade.
More than a hundred military personnel will carry the Philippine Flag and the AFP Colors which consist of the AFP units’ flags. Rear Adm. Orwen J. Cortez will lead as the parading element’s troop commander.
The military component participating in the parade at Quirino Grandsatnd will be comprised of more than a thousand regular troops and cadets from the PMA.
The Philippine Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Team will also stage an exhibition to be followed by the PMA Silent Drill Company of Class 2013 at the Quirino Grandstand.
The AFP will also conduct a free public concert dubbed “Musikalayaan” or music for peace at the Open Air Auditorium in Rizal Park, Manila today to be participated in by the uniformed bands of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Naval Construction Brigade.
“In the spirit of the IPSP Bayanihan, these activities exemplify our expression of great pride of our beloved country and to always bear in our mind the continuous pursuance of protecting the Filipino nation’s freedom and sovereignty,” Oban said.