PH assures security for diplomats

Posted at 09/13/2012 7:28 PM | Updated as of 09/14/2012 8:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- The government gave its assurance that diplomats working in the country are safe and secure amid the killing of the US Ambassador in Libya.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the government is “taking all appropriate steps to protect the diplomats and the premises against any intrusion and damage or any disturbance of the mission.”

Police and law enforcement agencies have already been asked to step up security, the DFA added.

An attack at the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya left US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others dead.

In Manila, Stevens’ colleagues mourned his death. US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. said, "We mourn this tragic loss, and the families of our departed friends and colleagues are in our thoughts and prayers. We will do our best to honor and carry forward their memory and their service."

Information officer Tina Malone said the increase in security at the embassy was a result of a directive from US President Barack Obama.

“The US Embassy appreciates the strong cooperation and support that we receive from the Philippine National Police and security authorities in this regard, and we remain open for regular business,” she said.