From a shootout in a checkpoint to a sniper-backed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operatives freeing hostages, members of Police Station 6 (PS6) of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) last 18 June showed their readiness to secure President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on 26 July.
Under Batasan station commander P/Lt. Col. Alexy Sonido, the PS6 personnel displayed the various skills needed to address various scenarios that criminal and other anti-government elements may conjure to disrupt the SoNA.
In the SoNA Simulation Exercise (SIMEX) 2021, the cops who will spearhead the joint Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces efforts to maintain law and order during the event also addressed health protocol situations in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Among the events handled by the operatives were gun-for-hire syndicate members being apprehended after they rammed through a checkpoint in a car and a motorcycle while firing at the cops.
In another “incident,” SWAT stormtroopers breached a door using explosives before engaging hostage-takers in close-quarter combat at the barangay hall near PS6. The QCPD bomb disposal unit also showed how it would go about safely detonating a bomb.
QCPD chief P/Brig. Gen. Antonio Yarra commended Sonido and his men for the readiness they showed, while providing operational and logistical inputs.
PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar has assured that all contingency measures are in place as the police and the military and the Quezon City government coordinate closely for SoNA 2021.