Philippines’ militaries on red alert for May 13 election

In this May 7, 2019 photo, Armed Forces chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. leads the ceremonial send off for the midterm election deployment at the Camp Aquinaldo Grandstand in Quezon City. The STAR/Miguel de Guzman

MANILA, May 10, 2019, PhilStar. The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Friday raised the red alert status for the upcoming midterm elections next week, reported the Philippine Star.

AFP chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. said the red alert status took effect on all military camps and units nationwide at 8 a.m. Friday.

“This declaration is to ensure that our troops and all AFP personnel are ready to act on any emergency and thwart all possible threats that may arise,” Madrigal said in a statement.

This declaration of the military is in support to the Commission on Elections, as well as the Philippine National Police, for the national and local elections on Monday.

“We are ready to respond appropriately for the honest, orderly and peaceful conduct of elections,” the AFP chief said.

AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo earlier said the military will be deploying aroung 35,000 troops for the elections.

The PNP, meanwhile, will be deploying an estimated 143,000 police personnel to secure the polls.

Patricia Lourdes Viray

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