We won't fail the Pope, says AFP chief

Posted at 09/02/14 3:21 PM

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is safe for Pope Francis to push through with his visit to the Philippines in January 2015 following a foiled plot to bomb the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

"We are preparing a very elaborate security plan for our Pope. We are so elated and awaiting the visit of our Pope. We won’t fail the Pope in his visit here," said AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr.

Aside from the security threat to NAIA, there have been reports of alleged destabilization plots against the Aquino administration.

There are also reports of the Islamic State's (IS) recruitment of Filipino youths.

Catapang said "the IS [Islamic State] thing is still being verified.”

Roman Catholic church leaders earlier announced Pope Francis will
visit the Philippines on January 15 to 19.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has not disclosed the itinerary of the Pope due to security reasons.