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Military monitoring people joining Wednesday’s rally

The military has started monitoring groups, including its own soldiers, who may join Wednesday's rally against Charter change (Cha-cha) via constituent assembly in Makati City.

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. said Monday they are monitoring "almost all sectors" on what they are planning.

"We are now monitoring almost all sectors, even ang sariling ranks natin, for any groups or any individuals na maaring sumama dito sa mga ganitong mga actions, especially dito sa internal namin," Brawner said in an interview on dzXL radio.

[We are monitoring almost all sectors joining such actions, especially those within our ranks.]

Earlier, Philippine National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Leonardo Espina made a similar call to the police not to join Wednesday's rally.

“Meron kaming regulations being government servicemen and employees na 'di kami pupuwedeng sumama sa rallies na ganyan [We have regulations barring policemen from joining such political rallies]," Espina said in an interview on dzXL radio.

Brawner reminded soldiers not to join such actions, saying the military has "to remain nonpartisan."

"Yun ang sinusulong ng ating bagong Chief of Staff, si Gen. Ibrado. Lahat na sundalo natin shall remain professional at dapat mag-focus sa trabaho namin [That is the order of our chief of staff. Lt. Gen. Victor Ibrado. All soldiers are to remain professional and focus on their work]," he said.

Manila police will secure Malacañang and nearby Mendiola Bridge on the day of the rally.

Radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo reported Monday this was the order of acting Manila Police District head Chief Superintendent Rodolfo Magtibay for Wednesday’s rally.

Magtibay said anti-riot police would be deployed to Mendiola to prevent militant groups from holding lightning rallies there.

Several groups are expected to go to Makati City on Wednesday to attend a rally protesting a House resolution seeking to amend the Constitution through constituent assembly.

On the other hand, Magtibay said he has ordered tighter monitoring of key facilities in the city, including the United States Embassy, Supreme Court and Department of Justice.

For his part, Metro Manila police head Chief Superintendent Roberto Rosales said they would use video cameras and closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems to monitor group movements during Wednesday’s rally.

“We will be covering this with video footages including CCTV, para mai-record natin lahat na kaganapan before and during the conduct of the rally [so we can record what happens before and during the conduct of the rally]," Rosales said in an interview on dzXL radio.

Of course members of the PNP and the AFP should not participate in protest rallies while they remain in service. But when the time comes for them to decide where their heart's loyalty really is, then they have always the option to shed off their uniforms legally and join any non-violent protest rallies.

What's the point of serving an organization which is manipulated by abusive politician leaders?

Stand your true ground soldiers, and be the true servants of the people and the country and not to politicians. Waste not your loyalty on abusive leaderships.

The people is always behind you, and you are their protectors. May the Lord grant you the wisdom to discern the right thing to do in this critical time of our nation's history. God bless you.