Erap orders checkpoints in Manila amid Maute siege in Marawi City

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 24 2017 05:29 PM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Wednesday ordered checkpoints in the capital city amid clashes between the Maute group and government troops in Marawi City to “prevent a spillover.”

In a statement, Estrada said he has assigned 4,600 policemen of the Manila Police District (MPD) to double the city’s security.

They were deployed around Malacañang Palace, government offices, and other places that could be targeted by Islamist militants. 

“To the Manileños, please rest assured that our law enforcement units are on guard to protect our city," the statement read.

"In the meantime, remain calm but be vigilant. You have nothing to worry about as of this moment."

Estrada also ordered MPD Director Chief Supt. Joel Coronel to “use all [of] the MPD's available assets to preserve peace and order and thwart any attempts by lawless elements to sow terror and chaos.”

Coronel said they have 752 armed cops deployed for the security of the city during Ramadan, which will begin on Saturday.

He added that anti-riot policemen have been placed at the US Embassy in Roxas Boulevard and Supreme Court in Ermita.