MANILA -- The Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), the military contingent assigned to support the police in securing this year's "Traslacion" or the Procession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila, will deploy its full array of capabilities to ensure a safe religious tradition.
"Complete array of forces will (be deployed) -- crowd disturbance management, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, counter-terrorist unit, combat forces and AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) reservists," JTF-NCR head Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado said in a message Friday.
Arrojado added that their counter-terrorist unit will be augmented by elite forces coming from the major services of the AFP.
The JTF-NCR, tasked to protect Metro Manila from all forms of threats, including terrorism, will deploy a battalion-size formation, or about 500 troops, for the "Translacion" on January 9.
Source: Philippine News Agency