After the series of Paris attacks on Friday, the Philippines is on heightened security alert this week. Leaders and delegates from around the globe are expected to arrive in the country to attend the annual APEC Summit on November 16-18.
According to The Straits Times, the Philippines’ military and police forces are on their highest security alert level amidst possible terrorist attacks. This was due to the incident in Paris which caused the deaths of more than 120 people.
“No specific threat has been monitored in the country, but target-hardening measures on vital installations, particularly airports, seaports, train stations and other public areas have been further elevated to maximize deterrence against unforeseen events,” Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor, spokesman for the Philippine National Police, said.
In preparation for the summit, the country held several dry runs last weekend. Manila declared a week-long holiday to give way to the APEC meetings. Moreover, the country has “a no-fly zone for three days” and ordered to close selected highways to traffic.
This coming Wednesday and Thursday, 17 nation leaders will attend the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting. Over 20,000 personnel and security officers will help secure the safety of the nation leaders.
On Sunday, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet arrived in Manila. US President Barack Obama who will also attend the summit will meet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for their first face-to-face conversation.
In a report by The Philippine Star, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla said that they’re analyzing what happened in the Paris attacks. However, he believes that the country does not need to adjust their security protocols.
When asked about possible ISIS attacks in the country, Padilla said, “No, the ISIS presence here is very small and very remote.”
Moreover, Padilla mentioned that he is looking forward to a peaceful gathering of the APEC Summit 2015.