Philippine Marines mount anti-aircraft guns near the venue as security has been tightened leading to next week’s APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit. Photo by AP/Bullit Marquez

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the The Armed Forces of the Philippines has raised their status to ‘Red alert’ for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit following the attack in Paris, France.

According to French officials, more than 150 people were killed in what believed to be a terrorist attack. The Islamic State terror group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the coordinated shootings and bombings across Paris which is now on a state of emergency.

“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 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,” Marquez said.

Meanwhile President Aquino assured that the government is taking all necessary precautions and that the PNP is assessing the situation.

“There is no credible threat registered at this time but let us all be cooperative and vigilant. The Department of Foreign Affairs will be issuing updates on the situation in Paris and has been directed to render all necessary assistance to our countrymen in France,” Aquino said.

According to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), no Filipino casualty has been recorded yet.