Security in place for Obama as police hope for ‘peaceful’ visit
MANILA, Philippines — Security measures are in place for the visit of US President Barack Obama to the Philippines next week, a spokesman for the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, said in a Thursday briefing that the civil disturbance management of the PNP was now on alert to ensure the safety of the US delegation headed by Obama.
Mayor said the PNP has also alerted the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) as militant groups were threatening to hold mass actions.
He assured that they have coordinated with the Presidential Security Group and the NCRPO, tasked to implement security measures in Metro Manila.
“We already have an inter-agency meeting,” he said.
According to him, police authorities have not received any threat.
“We have not received any threat and we hope his visit will be peaceful” he said in mix Filipino and English.
Mayor, however, declined to detail other security measures made.
On Thursday, Malacanang assured they would provide necessary security for Obama.
President Benigno Aquino III and Obama will be talking about defense and security cooperation as well as trade matters between the two allied countries.
The Philippines is one of several countries in Asia, which Obama visited after Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea.
The visit highlights the commitment of the US in the Asia-Pacific region.