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No safety threat to Obama's coming visit: PH official

English.news.cn   2014-04-27 16:49:26

MANILA, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Philippine security officials on Sunday dismissed threats, including from the rebel group of Abu Sayyaf and New People's Army (NPA), during the coming state visit to the country of U.S. President Barack Obama.

"At my level, we have not monitored any threat, (any group) that will disrupt his visit," said Brigadier Manuel Gonzales, commander of the Philippine military's Joint Task Force National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), in a phone interview.

Gonzales said the JTF-NCR, which is on alert for the visit, has placed on standby about 200 military personnel to help secure the visit of Obama. He said the troops will be deployed on the request of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

"Actually we have set security plan for the visit but we are in support to the PNP, they are the primary (unit),"the official said of the police force.

Gonzales said the 200 soldiers are on standby as part of their preparations. "On whether they will be deployed, this depends on the requirement of the PNP, if they will request support from us... They are just on standby," he said.

Meanwhile, an intelligence official said there are no threats monitored from the Abu Sayyaf and NPA, which U.S. included on its list of foreign terrorist organizations several years ago.

"There are no threats, it's just the usual rallies (by leftist organizations)...We have not monitored any threat directly against President Obama. Its just the usual rallies and activities during the visit," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"We've checked the armed groups. On the case of the Abu Sayyaf and BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic freedom Fighters), they are just in Mindanao. We have not monitored any movement to Manila. I think, everything will run smoothly," he said.

The source said there are no indicators that the three groups will sow violence during the visit of Obama.

"If they have a plan, there will be indicators, like movements weeks or a few days before the visit. We have not monitored any ( movement) though our monitoring is still continuous," the official added.

Editor: chengyang
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