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The Bacolod City Police Office will be on alert to thwart any violence as protest actions are held today to mark Labor Day, Acting Police Director Supt. Leo Irwin Agpangan said yesterday.

Agpangan told the DAILY STAR that the Bacolod police already coordinated with the City Civil Disturbance Management Group in making sure that the conduct of the rallies will be safe and peaceful.

They have also sought augmentation from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and from the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, he added.

Though Labor Day protests in Bacolod City have been peaceful in the past, Agpangan appealed to the protestors to police their own ranks.

Gen. Josue Gaverza,303rd IB commander, said that they will work hand in hand with the police in making sure that no one will sabotage the Labor Day protests. He also hopes that no untoward incidents will occur.

While they respect the sentiments of the labor sector, Gaverza said that the protestors should avoid making public disturbances and ensure that they will not affect the flow of traffic.

Gaverza also advised the protestors that after their activities, they should disperse immediately for their own safety.

Ronald Ian Evidente, spokesperson of the Kilusang Mayu Uno-Negros, assured the authorities that they will conduct their protest actions peacefully.

Evidente said that they will police their own ranks and will not create any public disturbance.

He added that their group would only like to express their grievances against the government for the meager wages that the laborers are getting out of their hard work*APN

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