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AFP, PNP to heighten security for Holy Week

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have ensured public safety during the Lenten break.

AFP is set to deploy at least 700 soldiers across Metro Manila, said Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region.

The organization will add 100 more military reservists to secure transport hubs, malls, among others, he added.

“There will be forces that will be deployed in Quiapo Church, bus terminals, South and North harbors, airports and stations of mass transport systems in Metro Manila,” he said.

Arrojado said authorities have yet to receive any potential threats for the Holy Week.

“No threats were detected but we remain on alert,” said Arrojado.

Moreover, the PNP has already announced its highest security alert status in the country for the said event.

“This means that all our policemen will be on duty while our countrymen are on vacation. We are also encouraging force multipliers like barangay police to help us,” said dela Rosa.

“On the threat of terrorism, so far we can say we are not monitoring any threat from terrorism but then again we are advising the public not to relax. Let us still be vigilant,” he added.

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