PHL condemns Paris attacks; AFP, PNP raise alert status PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 November 2015 15:09

The Philippines on Saturday condemned the attacks in Paris, France where more than 120 people were killed and scores wounded.

French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced the closing of the country’s borders.

“The Philippines and its people stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and all of France, in this time of deepest sorrow and the gravest outrage against the perpetrators of these crimes,” President Benigno Aquino III said in a statement.

This developed as the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police on Saturday raised their alert status from “blue” to “red” in preparation for the hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Metro Manila this Nov. 17 to 20.

This comes in thewake of the terror attacks in Paris.

“The alert status was also raised a day ahead of schedule as a matter of procedure following any international terrorist incident such as this morning’s terrorist attack in Paris. The AFP and PNP extends its sincerest condolences to the families who lost loved ones,” AFP spokesperson Col. Restituto Padilla.

Aquino considered the attacks as “atrocities that demand a united voice from the world in condemnation and grief.”

The president noted that France and its people assisted the Philippines in the wake of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in 2009.

“We stand with France now, in the firm belief that the light must never dim in Paris,” Aquino said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stressed that the world must stand together against violent extremism.

“The Philippines condemns unequivocally the horrific terror attacks on Paris. There is no possible justification for such barbaric savagery,” DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said.

The DFA assured that no Filipino casualty has been reported yet in the coordinated attacks in Paris.

Col. Padilla saisthat APEC security planners are now seriously looking into this recent incident to ensure security preparations are appropriately upgraded.

At 8:20 a.m., PNP head Director General Ricardo C. Marquez, placed all PNP units nationwide under “FULL ALERT” condition to ensure availability and operational readiness of police forces to respond to any contingencies.

Upgrading of the alert condition of police units is a matter of routine procedure under similar situations involving international security concerns, and necessitated further by ongoing security operations for the coming APEC meeting.

“Although we have not monitored any specific or direct threat in our homefront, nonetheless, target hardening measures on vital installations, particularly seaports, airports and our rail systems have been further elevated to maximize deterrence against unforeseen events,” Marquez said.

“We have received reports of scare messages circulating through telecom and social media networks warning of purported scenarios and events. These only serve to add to public anxiety that may further lead to hysteria and panic. Please disregard such messages and report immediately to authorities,” he added.