Security tightened in Malaysian embassy

Posted at 03/01/2013 4:43 PM | Updated as of 03/02/2013 6:02 PM

MANILA – Security was tightened at the Malaysian Embassy along Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village in Makati following the exchange of fire between followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Malaysian forces in Sabah on Friday.

Members of the SWAT team, bomb squad and other personnel from Makati Police guarded the perimeter of the embassy.

Makati substation commander Sr. Insp. Benson Pimentel said he had a meeting with the security officer of the embassy after the Malaysians requested for added security.

Pimentel said they have been deploying police in the area ever since the stand off-in Sabah started last Feb. 9 in anticipation of any untoward incident.

Pimentel noted they have not received any threats against the embassy.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Raul Hernandez, meanwhile, told reporters Friday afternoon that the stand-off in Sabah was over, based on reports from the Malaysian ambassador to the Philippines.

Hernandez said 2 members of the Malaysian Police were killed and 1 got wounded after their vehicle was fired upon by Kiram's men.

He said the DFA has yet to confirm reports that 10 were killed and 4 were wounded from Kiram’s group. -- Report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News