Monday, May 9, 2016

Red alert to be lifted once new leaders elected -- AFP

From the Philippine News Agency (May 9): Red alert to be lifted once new leaders elected -- AFP
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it will lift the red alert status once the country's new leaders are formally elected.

This was stressed by Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Monday.

"The full (red) alert status will be lifted (once) our new leaders are elected," he added.

Pending that, full security measures will be implemented.

Effective Friday midnight, all units of the 125,000-strong AFP has been placed on red alert for the coming May 9 elections.

It is implemented to ensure that the maximum number of troops is available for possible contingencies.

Padilla said all units must be on stand-by on their military camps for possible deployment.

He added that the AFP will be routinely conducting mustering its troops in line with the "red alert" announcement.

This will be in effect until AFP high command and area commanders have assessed otherwise.

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