AFP places forces on Red alert for SONA

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) placed their forces on red alert nationwide in support of the security measures adopted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) for today’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

AFP Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Colonel Noel Detoyato said the red alert has been in place since Friday .

“As part of its efforts to ensure the success of this year’s SONA, the AFP has raised its alert status to Red since Friday morning,” Detoyato said.

Red alert status will require all troops nationwide to be on standby mode ready to be dispatched to support the PNP in their preparation.

“This shall require its troops to be on standby mode ready for dispatch to support the Philippine National Police (PNP) which is leading security efforts during the occasion,” Detoyato said.

As of yesterday, however, Detoyato said the AFP had not monitored any threat to the event.

Nevertheless, the AFP will stay on high alert particularly in Metro Manila to thwart any untoward incident.

“While the AFP has not monitored any threat from local terrorist groups, its forces will continue to be on a proactive stance against all threats of violence and will exert every effort to preserve the peace, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) where the seat of the government is in,” Detoyato explained.

In line with this, the AFP called on citizens to report any suspicious individuals and activities.

“The fight against terrorism and the preservation of peace are a shared responsibility of everyone so we should all do our part in this whole of nation approach towards peace and order,” Detoyato said.