Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. revealed that 6,000 to 7,000 soldiers will be deployed to secure Pope Francis during his visit in Manila and Leyte from January 15 to 19.
Peacekeepers from Golan Heights, Liberia and Haiti will also protect the Pope. On top of deployed soldiers, 5,000 reservists will also be mobilized.
General Catapang also said that sniper units will be positioned along Roxas Boulevard on the day of the Roman Catholic church world leader’s arrival.
According to Catapang, the number one concern as of now is people-surge. They are expecting that the public will try to get near and personally see the Pope. He added that though their is no actual security threat, the AFP is looking for every possibility.