Security threat in Manila linked to anti-Islam film?


Posted at Sep 29 2012 08:29 PM | Updated as of Sep 30 2012 04:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The US Embassy in Manila has warned American citizens against a security threat in Metro Manila, especially in Pasay City.

Citing a reliable security source, the embassy urged Americans to exercise extreme caution, maintain a low profile and consider cancelling gatherings that could be construed as American events.

They are also encouraged to report any perceived security concern to authorities.

The embassy also reminded US citizens of the continuing threat of terrorist actions throughout the world.

However, it refuses to confirm if the security threat is linked to the anti-Islam film, “Innocence of Muslims", which has sparked violent protests in various countries.

Tina Malone, spokesperson of the US Embassy in Manila, said the security warning was issued as part of its standard policy.

“We have a standard policy that whenever there are specific threats against Americans i.e. Americans working for the US government abroad, we must make the information available to the broader American community if the threat applies to both official and non-official Americans,” she said.

Malacañang, meanwhile, said the National Capital Region Police Office has already tightened security measures at the US Embassy along Roxas Boulevard even before the advisory came out.

“Wala naman pong threat sa mga American people dito sa aming lungsod. Mayroon kaming mga ginagawa at binabantayan natin 24/7 ’yung seafront natin,” said Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Supt. Generoso Cerbo.

The PNP will also cooperate with the US Embassy for other security measures.

The advisory will be in effect until October 10.

But the Palace and the police say the security measures will not only be for Americans but also for the general public.

On Saturday, security warnings on their citizens were also issued by the British, Canadian and Australian governments. -- Reports from Dominic Almelor, ABS-CBN News; ANC; Agence France-Presse