In preparation for the hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Metro Manila this Nov. 17 to 20. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police on Saturday upgraded their alert status from “blue” to “red”.
This alert status is precautionary measures for the Philippine government wherein around 150 people were reported killed on the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.
The AFP and PNP extend its sincerest condolences to the families who lost loved ones,” AFP spokesperson Col. Restituto Padilla said.
He added that APEC security planners are now seriously looking into this recent incident to ensure security preparations are appropriately upgraded.
This preparation includes the installation of anti-aircraft guns around the vicinity where APEC summit is going to be held.
All PNP units nationwide were placed under “FULL ALERT” status to guarantee accessibility and operational availability of police powers to react to any possibilities.
Under comparable circumstances including worldwide security concerns, upgrading of the alert condition of police units is a matter of routine procedure and are further required on continuous security operations for the coming APEC meeting.
“Despite the fact that we have not checked a particular or direct risk in our homefront, in any case, target solidifying measures on basic establishments, especially seaports, air terminals and our rail system have been further elevated to maximize deterrence against unforeseen events,” Marquez said.
“We have also received reports of scare and alarm messages circulating through telecom and online or social media networks cautioning 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 added – Carl E. PNA