AFP, police doing everything to secure local, foreign tourists against terrorist threat — AFP

October 10, 2014 9:57 am 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, Oct. 9 (PNA) — Ensuring the safety and security of everyone is the key priority of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its police counterparts in the fight against the threat of terrorism.

This includes both local and foreign tourists, AFP public affairs office chief, Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, said Thursday.

The military issued this statement after the US Embassy in Manila issued security warning instructing its nationals to take utmost precaution when visiting public places in the country.

"The Embassy wishes to remind all US citizens to remain vigilant and maintain an appropriate level of personal security in all circumstances by reviewing your personal security plans; remaining aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitoring local news sources for updates," it said.

The US Embassy issued the warning after three suspects reportedly involved in bomb blot were arrested by military and police intelligence agents during an operation in Munoz, Quezon City last Oct. 7.

Bagged were Ricardo Ayeras, Andrescio Valdez and Ricky Macapagal were caught near Munoz Market at the corner of EDSA and Roosevelt Avenue around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.

One of the three suspects, Ayeras, allegedly participated in the Maguindanao airport explosion in 2003.

"We respect the US Embassy's decision on their security warning but rest assured that the AFP and the Philippine National Police is doing everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone, including those of the American and other foreign tourists, in the country," Cabunoc said in Filipino. (PNA)

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