No imminent threat in Metro Manila, security officials say

Philippine security forces reiterated on Monday that Metro Manila is not facing any imminent threat from a spillover of the Maguindanao turmoil, even as intelligence agents are continuously monitoring areas in the metropolis where supposed relatives and supporters of the Ampatuan clan are residing.

“So far, the situation is normal. There are no indications that there will be a spillover [here in Metro Manila]. But our intelligence units are vigilant and are on alert to preempt any untoward incidents,” said Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu, chief of the Armed Forces National Capital Region Command (NCRCom).

Mapagu said contingencies are in place, including the immediate deployment of a quick reaction team in case the need arises.

“This is to ensure our readiness to respond to any contingency,” Mapagu told GMANews.TV in an interview.

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