- President Duterte faced thousands of protesters after he delivered his 2nd annual SONA
- The police said the President’s appearance on the stage of the militant groups was a security nightmare
- Bayan’s Renato Reyes lauded the President’s decision to talk directly to the protesters
A police official admitted that President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to face and talk to thousands of mostly left-leaning protesters after delivering his 2nd annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) was a “security nightmare” for the security personnel guarding him.
As mentioned in the Inquirer story dated July 25, 2017, Quezon City Police District director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar said the President’s decision to talk with the protesters was a security nightmare for them.
Eleazar’s statement was echoed by National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde who said he deployed intelligence personnel in civilian clothes to monitor the protesters.
“It’s a security nightmare for us when our President appeared on the stage of the militant groups and presided over a dialogue with them,” Albayalde said.
Eleazar and Albayalde joined the President and his security men on the stage.
The President’s 10-minute impromptu speech drew a mixed of jeers and cheers from the crowd. He left the stage after some people in the crowd became rowdy.
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) , meanwhile, lauded the President for doing what no other Philippine president has ever done.
“This is possibly the first time that a president talked to protesters directly after delivering his SONA,” Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes said.