The Provincial Police Office (PPO) said the celebration of the Labor Day in Palawan on Wednesday did not record any untoward incident and was “generally peaceful.”

PPO Police Captain Ric Ramos, information office chief, said Palaweño workers have always been reposeful in commemorating the special day in honor of working people.

“Wala tayong untoward incident. Wala naman tayong na-monitor na mga rallies, wala tayong na-monitor na mga significant incident pagdating sa Labor Day. Dito sa province sobrang peaceful siya. Lagi namang peaceful [dito sa Palawan] ano… at lagi din tayong may naka-ready na mga standby police for deployment at mino-monitor natin ‘yong mga rally if ever nga na meron. So far, dito sa Palawan wala naman [mga rallies], ang sa atin lang kelangan naka-ready pa rin tayo, hindi naman ibig sabihing wala ay hindi na tayo magre-ready. Meron tayong deployment plan and may monitoring din tayo ng mga rally if ever meron, hindi naman tayo puwedeng maging complacent,” Ramos added.

He said that the PPO has 120 personnel under its civil disturbance management (CDM) unit ready for deployment, and another 200 officers dispersed provincewide.

The police officers always observe maximum tolerance towards protesters and demonstrators, he also said.

Meanwhile, Ramos said the PPO commends workers in the province for keeping the celebration of Labor Day safe.

“Kino-commend natin ‘yong mga manggagawa natin kaya nga diba sabi natin saludo tayo sa mga manggagawang Pilipino sila ‘yong mga unsung hero natin na kaya nga mayroong ganitong Labor Day. Ibig sabihin lang pinaparangalan sila, ata talagang ino-honor ‘yong mga mangagawa natin. Kelangan din talaga nating i-honor ‘yong mga workers natin… ginagalang natin ‘yong karapatan ng bawat isa,” Ramos pointed out.

Police Colonel Marion Balonglong, the city police director, in a statement, said Puerto Princesa City also had “a peaceful Labor Day celebration.”

“Tahimik lang po at wala namang reported na mga insidente,” Balonglong said.


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