Red alert to be lifted once new leaders elected — AFP

Monday, May 9th, 2016. Filed under: Philippine News
Commission on Elections staff check equipment inside the National Canvassing Center at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on Friday. Canvassing of votes for senators and party-list organizations will be held at the PICC, while canvassing of votes for president and vice president will be held in Congress.(MNS photo)

Commission on Elections staff check equipment inside the National Canvassing Center at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on Friday. Canvassing of votes for senators and party-list organizations will be held at the PICC, while canvassing of votes for president and vice president will be held in Congress.(MNS photo)

MANILA, May 9 (Mabuhay) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it will lift the red alert status once the country’s new leaders are formally elected.

This was stressed by Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Monday.

“The full (red) alert status will be lifted (once) our new leaders are elected,” he added.

Pending that, full security measures will be implemented.

Effective Friday midnight, all units of the 125,000-strong AFP has been placed on red alert for the coming May 9 elections.

It is implemented to ensure that the maximum number of troops is available for possible contingencies.

Padilla said all units must be on stand-by on their military camps for possible deployment.

He added that the AFP will be routinely conducting mustering its troops in line with the “red alert” announcement.

This will be in effect until AFP high command and area commanders have assessed otherwise. (MNS)

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