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MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday said it has not monitored any imminent threat in Metro Manila, despite a warning released by the United States embassy to its citizens here.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said the US embassy warning was based on its own assessment and "we have not monitored any imminent threat" at the moment.
Espina made the statement even as the United Kingdom and Australia issued their own travel advisories to their citizens in the Philippines, after US released its emergency message warning of threat in Metro Manila particularly in Pasay City.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. said the threat assessment cited by the US embassy did not come from the PNP.
Espina said the US embassy has its own parameters and systems of risk assessment.
Nevertheless, the PNP has directed Metro Manila police to intensify security and intelligence efforts and to coordinate closely with the US embassy on the matter. Espina said the NCRPO also has its own security measures in place in Metro Manila, particularly its three-tiered defense system of intelligence, target-hardening and incident management.
"We recognize also the duty of the embassy to look after the safety of their citizens in the country," Espina said.