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Philippines tightens security for westerners following travel advisories

(Xinhua)

11:04, October 01, 2012

MANILA, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Philippine Presidential Palace, Malacanang, assured concerned governments on Sunday that it would ensure the safety of westerners by enhancing security in "certain areas" in Metro Manila.

The United States, Britain, Canada and Australia have issued alerts to their citizens in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila, citing an imminent security threat bared by the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

Deputy Presidential Palace Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in an interview with a local state-run radio that the government has augmented security as a "matter of precaution."

"We are cognizant of their duty to protect their own citizens. For our part, we have responded quickly by augmenting security in certain areas, and will continue to do so to ensure safety," she said.

An anti-Islam film released online had sparked Muslim protests against the United States in many parts of the world, including the Philippines.

Palace officials have said that the rallies in the country " have been very peaceful and very orderly."

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