AFP beefs up security preps for ‘Undas’

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said it is beefing up security preparations to support the police and other civilian law enforcement agencies to secure the country’s commemoration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ days.

“The Unified Commands and the Joint Task Force NCR, with our counterparts in the PNP will augment troops to secure public facilities such as cemeteries and other establishments in the key cities around the country for Undas,” AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said in a statement.

He also ordered all military units to intensify intelligence monitoring and security operations, during a briefing in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Sunday.

The AFP major service commands on the other hand, remain on standby alert and ready to augment security deployments to ensure the safety and security of the people.

“We will ensure that our troops, in support to the PNP, are ready to thwart any possible threat that may arise during the holidays,” Galvez added.

“We will maximize our presence in checkpoints and ensure that our K9 units and Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams are deployed in major cemeteries,” he added.

The AFP is now on red alert status in preparation for the holidays.

“The Armed Forces joins the people in the peaceful commemoration of our departed loved ones. We also call on the people to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings and to report any unusual individual or commotion they witness during the holidays, because safety and security is our shared responsibility,” Galvez added. (PNA/Priam Nepomuceno)