Manila tightens security around US embassy, potential terror targets

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MANILA, Philippines — The government on Sunday scrambled to tighten security around the US Embassy in Manila and other potential targets for attacks following a global alert on Al Qaeda-linked jailbreaks in several countries.

Following the Interpol alert that prompted the shutdown of US embassies in some countries, National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia ordered a “hardening of targets” and intensification of intelligence gathering across the country.

“We consulted the National Security Adviser and the NSA had advised us that we are already intensifying intelligence-gathering and we continue the hardening of targets, which are the focus of these alerts such as the US Embassy,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over radio.

The hardening of targets and intensification of intelligence gathering were meant “to address the issues that are raised in the alert,” Valte said.

“That just means essentially that we are heightening measures for the focus of the alerts, such as the US Embassy,” she said over government-run dzRB, explaining the hardening of targets.

Valte said the government could not divulge the security measures for obvious reasons.

“We can’t divulge the security measures because that is like telling those people who wanted to cause harm that ‘these are the things that you should go against’,” she said.

Interpol issued a global security alert Saturday following jailbreaks across nine countries that had been linked to Al Qaeda. It said the jailbreaks had led to the escape of hundreds of terrorists and other criminals in the past month.

The global police agency also asked 190 member countries to help establish whether the events were coordinated, and help to avert more jailbreaks.

The US shut down at least 22 embassies or consulates in Islamic countries while other countries closed their missions in some Middle East countries.

According to Interpol, August is the anniversary of attacks in India, Russia and Indonesia.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the threats were directed at Western interests, and were “more specific” than previous threats, according to reports.

Valte declined to comment on whether the July 26 explosion inside a restaurant in Cagayan de Oro City that killed eight people and injured scores of others had any link with the Al Qaeda. She, however, said the Interpol alert pointed to potential Western targets for attacks.

“If these people read the actual Interpol alert, it speaks of identified areas like the Arabian Peninsula, as well… and the threat is allegedly directed to Western targets,” she said.

In March 2005, after the Valentine’s Day bombings that killed 12 in General Santos and Davao cities, police intelligence officials told the Senate that  the Jemaah Islamiah, an al-Qaeda-linked group suspected of plotting to establish a pan-Islamic state across Southeast Asia, continued to provide funding for terror attacks in the country.

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  • kulkat8

    Bin laden and other mujahedin groups was supported by the United States in Afghanistan as a payback for the USSR’s support to Vietnam. After the Soviets withdrawal from Afghanistan bin Laden and his group started to turn their guns on the West. Al-Quaida and other radical Islamic groups real aim is the destruction of the western way of life and make Islam as the dominant religion.

    • 33Sam

      BIN LADEN WAS A CIA AGENT TIM OSMAN WHO DIED OF RENAL FAILURE IN 2001-2002 IN A HOSPITAL. THE REAL AL QAEDA HAD THEIR IDENTITY TAKEN OVER BY THE CIA AND IT WAS THE CIA WHO CREATED THE “AL QAEDA” THAT DID 9/11 AND THAT EXISTS NOW!!!

      THE OLD MUSLIMS WHO WANTED TO BATTLE THE WEST ARE TOO SMALL WHILE THE GLOBALISTS BANKROLLED MERCENARIES BROUGHT INTO THE AL CIA-DA AS WHAT HAPPENED IN BENGAHZI WHEN THIS AL CIA-DA WAS GIVEN HEAT SEEKING MISSILES TO USE AGAINST SYRIA AND OBAMA GAVE THE ORDER TO STAND DOWN TO SAVBE HIS OPWN U.S. AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA STEVENS AND THREE OTHER AMERICANS WHO OBAMA THOUGHT WOULD SQUEAL ON THE MISSILE SUPPORT FROM THE CIA TO AL CIA-DA!!!

      CRAZY FCUKING WORLD RUN BY PSYCHOPATH GLOBALISTS OBAMA, HILLARY, THE PUPPETS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER EUGENICISTS!!!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you still ranting about globalists i looked up who they were invented by the lunatic fringe and their conspiracy theories the so called anti globalist even pt out scandals sheets to incite the wackos and lunatics it seems you read them. ben laden was tim osman HAW HAW what are you on lsd or crack and im sureyou have proof of all this and will notify the press because no one else has proven anything so lets see your proof

      • 33Sam

        JUST BECAUSE YOU THINK YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T.

        NOTHING YOU SAY WILL EVER MAKE SENSE BECAUSE YOU HAVE NONE!!!

        NOT EVERYONE IS A GLOBALIST ON THE TAKE.

        THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO KNOW AND TELL THE TRUTH.

        YOU ON THE OTHER HAND ARE THE WACKO WHO THINKS HE HAS IT ALL DIALED IN.

        WHO WAS MICHAEL HASTINGS, DUMBA$$

        WHO WAS ANDREW BREITBART, HORSECR@P???

        WHO IS STEVE PIECZENIK, HORSE MANURE???

        WHO IS JOEL SKOUSEN, DONKEY D!CK???

        SOCKPUPPET!!!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        pig crap i dont know them are they your friends so bite me piglet show the world what a moron you are

      • 33Sam

        HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH RAVINGS OF A RUNAWAY WHORSE!!!

        NOW YOU KNOW WHY THEY PUT BLINDERS ON A HORSE.

        THEY GET TOO CONFUSED TOO EASILY AND THEIR SMALL BRAINS CAN’T HANDLE TO MUCH MENTAL STIMULATION!!!

        GO BITE YOUR SELF DUMMY AND SEE HOW LITTLE YOU REALLY ARE!!!

      • BIGButo

        You left your cap lock on.

      • 33Sam

        WOW THE NETIQUETTE FAIRY IS ON PATROL!!!

        TALK ABOUT A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE OBVIOUS!!!

        OF COURSE YOU’RE ALL ABOUT APPEARANCE AND ZILCH ABOUT SUBSTANCE!!!

        WHEN YOU GET A BRAIN COME BACK AND WE’LL TALK!!

        TILL THEN, GO BACK TO YOUR DIMLY LIT CORNER!!!

      • kulkat8

        you are a conspiracies to the max. only an uninformed individual would believe on what you are ranting. it is not working I’m telling you now.

      • 33Sam

        WHO GIVES A FCUK WHAT YOU SAY. YOU’RE THE IDIOT HERE!!! OF COURSE A LOW INFORMATION CRETIN LIKE YOU HAS NOT THE BRAIN POWER TO UNDERSTAND IT.

        ITS OK. ITS NOT HERE FOR YOU ITS FOR THE THOSE THAT CAN UNDERSTAND!!!

        STAND BACK AND KEEP QUIET!!!

        DEFINE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS DUMBA$$!!!

        I DARE YA!!!

  • joboni96

    resulta yan ng
    laking kasiraang dulot ng imperyalista sa mga muslim

    usec valte huwag na kayong makisawsaw dyan
    hindi atin yan at marami pang ibang dapat pagka abalahan

    • BIGButo

      utak

    • 33Sam

      DAPAT BUT WHEN THE U.N. OWNS THE PHILIPPINES LOCK STOCK AND BARREL COURTESY OF FIDEL RAMOS’ PA21 HE SIGNED IN 1997, SOMEONE FROM THE GOVT WILL BOW DOWN AND PAY HOMAGE TO ITS MASTER!!!

      IF WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS, WE WILL ALWAYS WONDER WHY!!!

  • 33Sam

    BULL$H!T SCARE TACTICS BLOWN OUT OF THE A$$ES OF PROPAGANDA GLOBALIST OWNED MEDIA!!!

    AND WHY WOULD THEY LIE???

    IF YOU FILIPINOS DO NOT WAKE UP YOU WON’T BE WALKING THIS PLANET MUCH LONGER. YOUR SO CALLED LEADERS SOLD THEMSELVES AND THE COUNTRY A LONG TIME AGO TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

    ALL THIS PROTOCOL IS SQUID TACTICS FOR THE REAL AGENDA!!!

    YOU ARE BEING FOOLED INTO THINKING YOU HAVE A CHOICE AND LEGAL OPTIONS!!!

    YOU DON’T!!!

    NOT UNLESS YOU WAKE UP EN MASSE DO YOU HAVE A CHANCE FOR SURVIVAL.

    YOU DON’T CALL THE SHOTS AND THOSE JUDASES THAT SOLD YOU ARE TOO STUPID TO REVERSE THIS!!!

    EVEN AMERICANS ARE REALIZING THEIR GOVERNMENT IS NOT THEIR GOVERNMENT AND CANNOT BE TRUSTED TO DO THE RIGHT THING!!!

    WHAT MORE OF THE ILLITERATE POPULATIONS OF THE PHILIPPINES??

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