AFP won’t adjust alert levels despite US travel warning
The Armed Forces of the Philippines said on Tuesday it will not adjust its alert levels even after the United States issued a worldwide travel alert.
“As we mentioned before, alert levels are only adjusted based on the existence of verified threats but since there is none, we have not [adjusted the alert levels]. The repeated calls of the security sector is for all citizens to be vigilant, alert and to adopt a collective, cooperative, and participative security partnership with all government security agencies to ensure that our communities stay terrorism-free,” said AFP spokesperson Col. Restituto Padilla.
He said that the US advisory was a “unilateral move” and they respect their decision to issue it.
“The US as a matter of practice sends out travel advisories as a precautionary and proactive measure to ensure their citizen’s safety all over the world,” he said.
The US warned its citizens in the worldwide travel advisory of “increased terror threats” in the wake of Paris attacks.
“Current information suggests that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (aka Daesh), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” said a State Department travel advisory. CDG
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