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AFP downgrades alert level nationwide

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By Aaron Recuenco

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has downgraded the alert level for its forces nationwide after what it described as successful and peaceful elections on Monday.

Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesman, said the downgrading from alert status to blue was prompted by their assessment and monitoring of a decreased threat after nearly all local candidates were proclaimed.

“Red Alert was downgraded to blue as at 12 noon (Wednesday) now that nearly all local candidates have been proclaimed,” said Arevalo.

“This may be further downgraded to white or normal alert when the candidates to national positions will have been proclaimed,” he added.

More or less 170,000 soldiers and policemen were deployed for election duties since last week– mostly in the transport of election materials and in securing voting centers.

Soldiers were deployed in areas with high-security threats, such as those in far-flung areas where communist rebels and other threat groups operate.

Both the police and military leadership declared that the midterm elections are generally peaceful.

The Philippine National Police, on the other hand, is still in full alert status, according to its spokesman, Police Col. Bernard Banac.

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