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UPDATED: 16:18, June 08, 2006
Philippines beefs up security for Independence Day
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Philippine police, military and the Presidential Security Group (PSG) have prepared an elaborate security measure for the upcoming 108th Independence Day anniversary celebrations on Monday, officials said on Thursday.

Following a security conference with top commanders of the military and the police in Metro Manila, PSG commander Delfin Bangit said that 6,000 policemen would patrol Metro Manila on Monday while 300 augmentation forces from the military would be placed on stand-by.

Bangit said the PSG is closely coordinating with the military's National Capitol Region Command and the National Capital Region Police Office to ensure that the celebrations would proceed smoothly.

Bangit said they are continuously monitoring and assessing the situation on a day to day basis and "we will make our assessment and we will augment the security preparations based on the information that we will receive."

"There are no confirmed reports on threats to the life, particularly of the President, but we are not taking any chances to any possibility that might take place," Bangit told reporters.

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is expected to deliver her Independence Day address at the Rizal Park in Manila.

Reports said a number of church leaders and militant organizations have vowed to stage street protest during the even.

Source: Xinhua

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