AFP lowers red alert as election period winds down


MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday afternoon declared that its red alert status for the May 9 polls has been downgraded to blue.

AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the alert level has been lowered since the elections have successfully concluded in most parts of the country.

Under a blue alert, 50 percent of all available troops and assets are required to be inside camp for immediate deployment in case of possible emergencies or contingencies.

Security will remain tight in areas that will hold special elections on Saturday.

"We are now shifting our focus from election operations to internal security operations. However, the Unified Commands of the AFP remain to have the prerogative to implement security adjustments in their areas of responsibility as they see fit," acting AFP chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda said.

The AFP placed all its units under red alert at midnight of May 7, requiring 100 percent availability of all troops and its equipment. —Rosette Adel

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