AFP, PNP lower alert levels ahead of schedule
Manila (13 May) -- THE Armed Forces and the PNP have lowered their alert levels as the May 10 elections went generally peaceful.
The military alert was downgraded to blue from red Tuesday night. The highest alert was raised April 29 to ensure the AFPís preparedness for the elections. It was supposed to be in effect until May 20.
The PNP downgraded its alert level in Regions 1 to 8 (Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and the Western, Eastern and Central Visayas), the Cordilleras, National Capital Region, and its National Support Units to heightened, from full, at Wednesday noon.
Security forces in Regions 9 to 13 (Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, Caraga), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Special Action Force remain on full alert.
PNP chief Jesus Verzosa said the situation nationwide has normalized two days after Election Day.
Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno, spokesman of the militaryís Task Force Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections, said AFP chief Gen. Delfin Bangit downgraded the alert status based on the task forceís recommendation. (PIA-Bohol) [top]