Sunday, April 27, 2014

Key AFP units in 'blue alert' for Obama visit

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 27): Key AFP units in 'blue alert' for Obama visit

With US President Barack Obama arriving in the country Monday for a two-day visit, key units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were placed in "blue alert".

This was disclosed by AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala Sunday.

These units include General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the respective headquarters of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Under the "blue alert" status, the military can easily mobilize 50 percent of its strength should the need arises.

Meanwhile, the AFP's Joint Task Force-NCR (National Capital Region) is placed on "red alert" status.

This is because the above-mentioned unit is the one that will support the Philippine National Police (PNP) in law enforcement missions and will be on stand-by to support the Presidential Security Group (PSG), which is the lead agency in securing Obama's visit.

"Red alert" means all available Joint Task Force officers and men must report immediately to their respective places of assignment.

"PSG is lead agency regarding security of President Obama in coordination with the US Secret Service," Zagala stressed.

The US Secret Service contingent has been in the Philippines since April 21.

The AFP public affairs office chief added that these units will work together in all security concerns during the visit.

"AFP and the PNP will be in support together with the Department of Transportation and Communications and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Other government agencies will also support security requirements when tasked," he added.

"The AFP through the PSG will ensure the protection of President Obama and is confident in the vast experience and capabilities of the PSG in VIP protection," he stressed.

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