Military deploys air, land, sea assets to secure APEC

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To ensure that nothing untoward will mar the four-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Metro Manila, the military has mobilized all of its available air, land, and sea assets to secure the meeting.

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Philippine Air Force spokesperson Col. Enrico Canaya said all PAF air assets will be on full standby alert 24/7 and are pre-positioned in strategic locations for quick response.

Aircraft to be deployed are the SIAI-Machetti SF-250TP and S-211, which are tasked for air patrol and air intercept missions.

This is aside from the Bell UH-1 helicopters which are being readied for APEC security duties.

Aside from its troopers, the Philippine Army (PA) also deployed armor vehicles to secure the venues which will be visited by the APEC delegates.

“We deployed enough armor assets around Metro Manila. We can’t tell you (their) exact locations. Its mission is to assist the PNP in the security of APEC,” PA spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao said.

Hao declined to comment on what types and armament these armored vehicles are carrying.

Majority of APEC meetings and venues are concentrated in the southern part of Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Navy (PN) is deploying the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), one of the country’s most modern warships, to secure the APEC meeting which will run from Nov. 17 to 20th.

The former Hamilton-class cutter will be helping the Coast Guard implements its no-sail policy in Manila Bay which is behind the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

As of this posting, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz is conducting security patrols off Manila Bay.

The ship, which is equipped with a brand-new AgustaWestland AW-109 “Power” helicopter, can act as command-and-control vessel in event of emergencies.

With its helicopter, the ship can response in minutes should anything untoward happen.

The 3,200-ton frigate can also be used as an evacuation center if needed.

It is also armed with a Oto Melara 76mm cannon and two Mark 38 Model 2 “Bushmaster” 25 auto-cannons, giving it the capability to deal with hostile threats.

Its 76mm cannon can engage targets up to 20 kilometers while its 25mm weapons has an effective range of two kilometers. PNA

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