CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) respects the travel advisory issued by the United States government for its citizen travelling to the Philippines, especially in Palawan.
According to Col Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Office chief, they recognize the move by the Americans as both an obligation and right of a sovereign state and they would do the same to our own nationals travelling abroad.
Col Arevalo added that they have not monitored any threat specific to Palawan, although he assured everyone that they are taking the report seriously.
He made clear that the AFP is not the source of that information made basis of the US Travel Advisory.
The AFP will keep monitoring of the situation, will remain vigilant and are taking all precautions and adjustments to prevent any untoward incident. The government is constantly adjusting their Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures to address the “thinking enemies” who adjust their style to pose terror threats.
In his message to the people of Palawan, Col Arevalo urged the people to remain calm and continue to remain vigilant and actively participate in strengthening the countries security posture. He cited the Bohol experience where they defeated and frustrated the attempts of the Abu Sayyaf through the cooperation of the local government, the local residents, and security forces, since security is a shared concern and responsibility of everybody.
He urged them to report all of their observations to security forces that has the capability to validate reports on suspicious activities, individuals, unattended luggage or articles, and the like, so they could help overcome the terror threats. AES / ALS