Americans Are Safe in the Philippines

The city government of Pasay has assured the United States government of the safety of its nationals and diplomats in the city even as it called on those who continue to protest against the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” to ensure that their action remains peaceful.

Pasay Mayor Antonino G. Calixto made the assurance after the U.S. Embassy in Manila issued a warning to its citizens in the country last Friday, citing a threat in Metro Manila, specifically in Pasay.

The embassy said the threat warning will remain in effect until Oct. 10.

“The safety of U.S. diplomats and staff at the embassy compound in Pasay is foremost in our minds. Thus, we have instructed our local police force to augment the police units assigned in the said area,” Calixto said.

The city chief executive said the local police have not monitored any specific threat to U.S. diplomats and nationals residing in the city.

“We have not received nor monitored any specific threat to U.S. diplomats and citizens residing here in Pasay. Nevertheless, we have doubled security measures in the city, 24/7, especially in areas where foreigners, including American nationals, tend to congregate,” Calixto said, adding he has already given orders to the city’s police chief, Supt. Melchor Reyes, to undertake the necessary security measures and coordinate with the U.S. Embassy.

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