At 8:20 AM today, the Chief PNP, PDG Ricardo C Marquez, placed all PNP units nationwide under FULL ALERT condition to ensure availability and operational readiness of police forces to respond to any contingencies.
Upgrading of the alert condition of police units is a matter of routine procedure under similar situations involving international security concerns, and necessitated further by ongoing security operations in Metro Manila where the Philippine Govt is hosting the 2015 APEC summit among 21 economic leaders.
Although we have not monitored any specific or direct threat in our homefront, nonetheless, target hardening measures on vital installations, particularly seaports, airports and our rail systems have been further elevated to maximize deterrence against unforseen events.
We have received reports of scare messages circulating through telecom and social media networks warning of purported scenarios and events. These only serve to add to public anxiety that may further lead to hysteria and panic. Please disregard such messages and report immediately to authorities.
At present, Security forces are saturated in Metro Manila beyond the regular deployment scale because of the ongoing APEC event. This should add to the peace of mind and level of confidence of our people and heighten optimism for a fruitful and uneventful APEC 2015 Summit. (PNP-PIO)