Thursday, October 8, 2015

Military sees no untoward incidents to mar APEC Manila leg

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 9): Military sees no untoward incidents to mar APEC Manila leg

The military's Joint Task Group-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) is not expecting any violent incidents to mar the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Metro Manila in November.

"We are not expecting violent incidents like terrorist attacks (to mar the APEC meeting)," JTF-NCR deputy commander Col. Vic Tomas said Thursday.

"(Ongoing now are) continuous coordination, rehearsal, testing of capabilities of (various) task units and of course, how fast we can we respond to any crisis situations," he added.

When asked about possible worse case scenarios, he said they are preparing for the so-called CBRNE or chemical biological radiological nuclear and explosives risk, as well as earthquakes and other natural calamities.

Tomas said they are constantly preparing for any event that might happen as part of the "full spectrum risk management preparedness protocols".

Tomas said they are also monitoring and coordinating with their international counterparts on terrorism concerns.

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