• Police extends heightened alert status


    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will continue to maintain its heightened alert that was raised at the start of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting last week.

    PNP chief Ricardo Marquez said extending the heightened alert status is part of the security preparations for the Christmas season.

    “The public has nothing to be alarmed of. The maintenance of heightened alert status has long been planned to ensure security for the coming Christmas season,“ Marquez told reporters on Wednesday.

    He clarified that the heightened alert status has no relation to the Global Terror Alert warning issued recently by the United States.

    Marquez reiterated that no terror threat had been monitored.

    Meanwhile, airport authorities also on Wednesday formed a security center that will gather information from passengers, airport personnel and other people at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for possible terrorist threat.

    Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) senior assistant general manager Vicente Guerzon said the creation of the Joint Terminal Security Center (JTSC) is reminiscent of the Airport Security Center that was disbanded several years ago.

    The JTSC was formed a week after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC ) event ended, Guerzon said.

    The JTSC is composed of members of the PNP-Aviation Security Group, Airport Police Department, airport managers, security officials, and MIAA assistant general manager for security and emergency services Jesus Dezcanzo, a retired PNP-Avsegroup director, who heads the newly created group.

    Guerzon said the JTSC will gather intelligence information from people who are at the airport. Individuals who want to share information on security are also welcome, he said.


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