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Major cities in PH under tight watch for Nov. 1

Units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will keep a tight watch on major cities nationwide as the country observes All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on November 1 and 2.

“In key cities around the country, Unified Commands and the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, together with their counterparts in the Philippine National Police, will employ measures to secure public facilities and other vital establishments,” AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya said.

This is to forestall attempts by criminal and terror groups to wreck the annual ‘Undas’ holiday, he added.

“The Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, and Philippine Navy, on the other hand, remain on alert and ready to augment additional troops to support the Unified Commands,” Visaya said.

As further security measure, the AFP and PNP will maximize their presence in checkpoints in critical areas.

K-9 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams will also be deployed to possible entry and exit points in urban centers. (PNA)