Philippine armed forces, police prepared to counter any disturbance to conference


MANILA – As the Philippine capital hosts the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit this Saturday, the military has assured that “everything is covered” and that there is no terror threat that could disrupt the conference that will be attended by Southeast Asian leaders including President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials.

Prior to this Saturday’s main conference, high-level meetings related to the summit will be held starting today until Friday involving ranking officials from the 10 ASEAN member-states.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año said there is “nothing to worry” with regard the security and safety of the ASEAN heads of states and senior officials as the military and police are prepared to counter any disturbance or terror acts as the summit gets underway at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

He also said they have not monitored any threat from the extremist group Abu Sayyaf to disrupt the ASEAN summit. The police recently clashed with members of the bandit group in Bohol island in central Philippines.

Año said to ensure smooth coordination among security units, all of them would be under national operation center tasked to handle security operations during the ASEAN summit.

A police contingent from the northern Philippine region of Cagayan Valley has been assigned to metro Manila to boost police presence in Manila.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has checked 1,900 foreign delegates of the ASEAN for any derogatory record as part of security measures.

“We just want to make sure that those listed as delegates do not have derogatory records in our country,” said BI spokesperson Ma. Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, adding that so far, they have not found any participant with questionable records.

Meanwhile, the government has suspended work and classes in Metro Manila on April 28 during the ASEAN pre-summit events are underway.

This will ensure smooth traffic flow from the hotels where the delegates are staying to the PICC. GAC/Expat Media


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