Philippine president's first state of the nation address seen to be peaceful

16:43, July 21, 2010      

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The Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) is expecting a peaceful Monday when Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers his first state of the nation address (SONA) on July 26 at the Batasan complex in the country's capital.

The military is expecting only few people to hold rallies since Aquino, who assumed office last June 30, enjoys a high trust rating based on surveys, AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Jose Mabata told reporters on Wednesday.

"The president is at this point has a very high approval rating, trust rating. As such, we believe that that there will be minimal disturbances during the SONA. But be that as it may, we are always ready for any eventuality," Mabanta said.

Nonetheless, the AFP and the Philippine National Police are coordinating to ensure the security of the SONA which are usually met with protests by progressive groups, he said.

The military's National Capital Region Command is also always alerted for such occasion, he added.

To date, Mabata assured that they have not yet received any " real" threats of possible disturbance.

Source: Xinhua


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