Red alert for polls to be lifted in proper time — AFP

May 11, 2016 3:46 am 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, May 10 (PNA) — Despite the relatively peaceful and orderly elections Monday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it is still yet to lift its red alert edict for its 125,000-strong force.

The May 9 elections resulted in PDP-LABAN standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte getting an overwhelming lead against his four rivals.

This was stressed by acting AFP chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda in briefing Tuesday.

"We are on red alert now, we are still on heightened alert, as to when downgrade, that all depends on the circumstances surrounding the environment right now. Battle staff should be meeting for this. It all depends on the development in the surrounding environment," he said.

The AFP placed all its forces on red alert last May 7.

Earlier, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the military will remain in red alert until a new set of leaders are elected.

In line with the relatively orderly and peaceful polls, Miranda took time to laud all military and police units for their efforts.

"I congratulate all our uniformed personnel for a job well done. I thank the Philippine National Police, Commission on Elections, and our partners from other agencies for making all this happen. Together, we have all proven that it can be done — we can ensure safe, orderly, and free elections for the Filipino people," he added.

"Rest assured that we, as a professional military organization, will not be swayed in our commitment to the Filipino people. It is now our collective responsibility to continue to uphold democracy and ensure the smooth transition of power from the current administration to the next," Miranda stressed. (PNA) BNB/PFN/Espie Corral/Tiffany Nepomuceno (OJTs)

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