MANILA-- The House of Representatives will have heightened security measures in place during the second State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte in the wake of the ongoing strife in Marawi City as well as possible threats from drug syndicates.
In a press conference, House Sergeant-at-Arms Ronald Detabali said security will be tightened for the event considering the continued clashes between the government troops and the Maute terror group in Marawi.
Detabali also noted that the drug lords who have been targeted by the administration's anti-drug campaign may use the event to retaliate and sow terror.
Definitely, 'yung security measures na gagawin ngayon mas heightened not only because of the current ISIS-backed (Maute group) and 'yung martial law, but because marami nang nagawa si President Duterte tulad ng war on drugs and criminality, Detabali said.
According to Detabali, there would be more security personnel from the Presidential Security Group, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and House security personnel compared to the previous year.
Source: Philippines News Agency