MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police on Saturday upgraded their alert status from “blue” to “red” in preparation for the hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Metro Manila this Nov. 17 to 20.
This comes in wake of the terrorist attacka in Paris, France where more than 150 people were reported killed.
“The alert status was also raised a day ahead of schedule as a matter of procedure following any international terrorist incident such as this morning’s terrorist attack in Paris. The AFP and PNP extends its sincerest condolences to the families who lost loved ones,” AFP spokesperson Col. Restituto Padilla.
He added that APEC security planners are now seriously looking into this recent incident to ensure security preparations are appropriately upgraded.
At 8:20 a.m., PNP head Director General Ricardo C. Marquez, placed all PNP units nationwide under “FULL ALERT” condition to ensure availability and operational readiness of police forces to respond to any contingencies.
Upgrading of the alert condition of police units is a matter of routine procedure under similar situations involving international security concerns, and necessitated further by ongoing security operations for the coming APEC meeting.
“Although we have not monitored any specific or direct threat in our homefront, nonetheless, target hardening measures on vital installations, particularly seaports, airports and our rail systems have been further elevated to maximize deterrence against unforeseen events,” Marquez said.
“We have received reports of scare messages circulating through telecom and social media networks warning of purported scenarios and events. These only serve to add to public anxiety that may further lead to hysteria and panic. Please disregard such messages and report immediately to authorities,” he added. PNA