The Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police have lifted red and full alert status respectively. PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor said “at 6 o’clock in the morning today, we’re back from full alert to normal alert.” While the AFP lifted red alert status two hours after Pope Francis took off on a Philippine Air Lines Airbus 340 yesterday.
17,000 AFP troops 5,000 of which are reservists, 26 aircraft, 100 snipers, dozens of K-9 units and squads of lightly armored vehicles and naval vessels, 150,000 policemen goes back to their home units.
“I know that you all made your own sacrifices in performing your professional duty as police officers to accomplish this mission. This historic visit serves to add greater spiritual and professional experience for the PNP in handling similar major events,” PNP Officer-in-Charge Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espin told 150,000 policemen.