Military preparing for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear threat in APEC

While it is still to detect any security threats that will mar the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Metro Manila this November, the military’s Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) is now conducting drills to prepare themselves for the so-called “CBRNE” or chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives risk threat.

JTF-NCR deputy commander Col. Vic Tomas said that exercises to deal with this threat is part of their “full spectrum risk management preparedness protocols.” Ongoing now are drills and rehearsals to ensure that their units can respond to any eventualities quickly and efficiently.

“(Ongoing now are) continuous coordination, rehearsal, testing of capabilities of (various) task units and of course, how fast we can we respond to any crisis situations,” Tomas stressed.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s CBRNE capability got a boost last September with the donation of US$ 1-million worth of CBRNE equipment which is sufficient to equip a platoon of specialized troops.

Soldiers or those trained in dealing with CBRNE would be the first responders should threats arises from these types of weapons.

“They are highly trained and they basically are mobile. We have the equipment as you see. It can be transported either by land through the M-35 and if it requires to other islands in other parts of the country, it can be transported through the C-130s,” the AFP said.