AFP detects no threat for APEC Leaders’ meet: ‘Coast is secured’

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said no security threat has been detected for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Manila to be held November 17-20. “The coast is secured,” AFP spokesperson Colonel Restituto Padilla said in a press briefing Wednesday.

APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting is an annual meeting attended by the heads of government of all APEC members except Taiwan which is represented by an official on minister-level.

APEC member economies are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Thailand, United States, and Vietnam.

Padilla further said that though the Philippine National Police is the lead agency in ensuring security during the APEC meeting, the AFP will deploy the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, the Tanay-based 2nd Infantry Division and the Tarlac City-based Northern Luzon Command and other units in AFP headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo to aid in securing the delegates.