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Aquino stays on the job

While most Filipino Catholics have taken a break from the daily grind this Holy Week, President Aquino is not necessarily in complete vacation mode amid heightened government security alert this week.

The President will remain on the job to ensure the safety of travelers and pilgrims this Holy Week especially in light of the recent deadly attacks in Brussels, according to a Palace official.

“He is keeping tabs on government security measures to keep public safety,” Sec. Sonny Coloma responded when asked about the President’s plans this Holy Week.

The President recently ordered transport authorities to intensify security measures in airports, borders and other public transportation terminals in the wake of the Belgium attacks. Concerned government agencies were directed to exert maximum efforts to ensure the safety and convenience of travelers and the riding public.

Coloma explained that the government’s main priority is the safety and protection of the public especially those traveling in the provinces this Holy Week.

“After learning about the attacks in Brussels, the President immediately directed Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and other concerned government agencies to keep heightened alert to ensure the safety and security especially in transportation terminals: airports, sea ports, bus terminals and maging LRT stations,” he said.