MANILA, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government on Sunday enhanced security of U.S. embassy officials and personnel in Manila following the rise of anti-U.S. sentiments in some parts of the world due to an anti-Islam film.
Philippine Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview with state-run radio on Sunday that U.S. embassy personnel in the country are "not in danger."
"The government can guarantee the safety of the U.S. Embassy," Valte said.
She said police authorities had increased police presence outside the U.S. embassy, while the embassy officials have increased their own security following the directive of U.S. President Barack Obama to all U.S. posts abroad after the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya that killed four people, including U. S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Responding to questions, Valte said U.S. embassy personnel can remain in the country without fear for their safety.
"Of course, the envoys and the U.S. embassy personnel here in the Philippines do not need to flee because our Muslim community has always conducted themselves with goodwill and sobriety. So there's no need to flee. There's no..danger against them here in Manila and in the Philippines," she said.