Military lifts red alert after Pope leaves


Posted at Jan 19 2015 06:51 PM | Updated as of Jan 20 2015 02:51 AM

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) lifted today the red alert it had declared ahead of the papal visit.

The alert status is now normal.

AFP Public Affairs chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc also relayed AFP chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang’s message of gratitude.

He said Catapang is thankful to Filipinos for their “cooperation with security forces.”

The military went on red alert last January 10 to make sure that “no enemies of the state” will take advantage of the papal visit.

The AFP sent around 20,000 soldiers to help the Philippine National Police (PNP) in securing the pope.

The AFP described the security operations as “very successful.”

“It’s very successful because everybody cooperated, willing to face the challenge of securing the Pope and making his visit successful,” said Catapang.