Security heightened in Manila, Philippine
Philippine military and its police force remained on full alert on Monday (November 16), just two days before a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Manila and three days following the deadly attacks in Paris.
The Philippines went on high alert following the strike on France’s capital, ramping up security in its capital to ensure the safety of thousands of delegates.
Philippines officials say there has been no intelligence suggesting there might be an attack on the Manila summit, which will be attended by U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but about 30,000 police and soldiers have been deployed to guard it.
Security intensified in Manila following the Paris attacks, in which gunmen and bombers killed 129 people, as they targeted restaurants, a concert hall, and a sports stadium.
On Thursday (November 12), summit organisers said all buildings along a major boulevard near Manila Bay designated for use by summit vehicles ferrying world leaders were advised to keep their windows shut as a security measure.
A two-day meeting of APEC member ministers opens on Monday and will be followed by the summit itself on November 18-19.
Security forces have blocked major roads around the summit venues to hold protesters back, street dwellers have been moved away, and one of Manila’s largest bazaars has been dismantled to help avoid the traffic jams that usually plague the city.
Nearly 1,400 domestic and international flights scheduled during the summit week have been cancelled, and schools and public offices will be closed, but the stock exchange will remain open.