MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has dispelled rumors that terrorists are planning to stage an attack when leaders from the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which include US President Barack Obama, descend in Manila for a two-day summit that opens Wednesday.
A video by alleged ISIS supporters in the country have circulated online, warning that they will strike during the meetings, reports said.
PNP spokesman Wilben Mayor told local and foreign journalists at a briefing Monday that it has not confirmed the validity of the video which was released a day after the gruesome Paris attacks that killed at least 129 people late Friday.
“There is no threat,” Mayor said. “The security forces of the government is confident that our visitors will be safe and secure in our country.”
Mayor said Philippine intelligence officials are “validating and collating” reports of alleged terror threats during the summit.
As of now, we can say definitely that there is no such threat,” he stressed.
Mayor also said no APEC leader has asked for additional security following the Paris attacks as he assured that all contingencies have already been considered even before Friday’s incident that has sparked international outrage.
“That means all situation, all appropriate response to any situation has been deliberated and examined and all actions of the different agencies have already been considered,” he explained.
Mayor said Philippine troops and security forces will be very visible in the pre-meetings and during the summit, which will be held from Nov. 8 to 19.
“There will be police patrols and they will be supported by the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.
Mayor, meanwhile, reiterated that protest actions are forbidden in areas near the meeting venues or within the vicinity of hotels where the APEC leaders are billeted, warning that those who will violated the law will be apprehended and face charges.
“When you violate you will be arrested and of course legal process will come,” he said.
“The basic rule of the police since the policy is no permit, no rally is that if the local government will not give you any permit then that is already a violation of the law. You can not hold a rally if there is no permit,” Mayor said. Michaela del Callar/PNA