By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it has not monitored any specific threat for the Holy Week but assured that it will not put its guard down in ensuring that the commemoration of Christ Passion on the Cross will be shielded from violence.
In a statement, the AFP said it will continue to conduct appropriate security measures where it’s needed to safeguard vulnerable communities from criminals and possibly from terrorists.
“There will be appropriate deployment when and where the need arises. In every security measure, there will always be a gap that criminals and terrorists will pursue and take advantage of,” the AFP said.
“Again, we recognize the importance of the help of our citizens and the community against the enemies of peace.”
“We call on our people to be part of the security net to detect, deter and frustrate any move by criminals and terrorists,” it added.
The AFP Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) earlier said it will be deploying at least 700 soldiers in various areas in Metro Manila to augment the police forces in securing public places and other areas in the metropolis during the Lenten break next week.