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Military denies 'imminent' terrorist threat

Embassy travel advisories unfounded, says colonel

  • ucanews.com reporter, Manila
  • Philippines
  • October 1, 2012
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The military today refuted travel advisories issued by several Western countries last week warning of an imminent terrorist threat in the country's capital.

"There is no imminent threat monitored by our intelligence units," said military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos. He said the intelligence information used in the advisories did not come from the Philippine military.

"We have not monitored any imminent threat or any violence that will be emanating from a terrorist group or other groups," he said.

On Friday, the US embassy warned its citizens of a looming threat against Americans in Manila. The message, which was posted on the embassy's website, said the threat will remain in effect until October 10. On Saturday, Canada, Australia, and Britain also released their own travel advisories, without providing further details .

Burgos, however, said the military will continue to validate the threats cited. "We will continue our [intelligence gathering] and further intensify our monitoring efforts," he said.

The government yesterday issued a statement assuring the public that heightened security have been implemented around embassies of “Western” nations in Manila following last week’s advisories.

Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the security measures were implemented "as a matter of precaution."

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