No threat monitored ahead of Obama visit

Posted at 04/27/14 4:24 PM

MANILA -- Security officials said they have not monitored any threats ahead of the state visit of US President Barack Obama.

“At my level, we have not monitored any threat [from any group] that will disrupt his visit,” said Brig. Gen. Manuel Gonzales, commander of the military's Joint Task Force National Capital Region.

The task force has 200 soldiers on standby to secure the visit of Obama. The soldiers will only help the Philippine National Police, which is the primary unit for the Obama visit on Monday and Tuesday.

“On whether they will be deployed, this depends on the requirement of the PNP, if they will request support from us... They are just on standby,” Gonzales said.

An intelligence official, meanwhile, also confirmed there are no threats from the Abu Sayyaf, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the New People’s Army.

“There are no threats, it’s just the usual rallies [by the leftist organizations)… We have not monitored any threat directly against President Obama,” the official said.

In the case of the Abu Sayyaf and the BIFF, the officials said “they are just in Mindanao. We have not monitored any movement to Manila. I think everything will run smoothly.”

The official said, however, that monitoring continues.

Obama will arrive around 1:30 p.m. on Monday for his two-day state visit.