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AFP: NO NEED TO DEPLOY ADDITIONAL FORCES TO BORACAY ISLAND



There is no need to deploy additional forces to Boracay island to address possible threats during its sixth-month closure.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) made the statement on Friday.

AFP Central Command commander Lt. Gen. Paul Atal said the Philippine National Police (PNP) has the lead role in the overall security responsibility in Boracay which is only supported by the AFP.

He clarified, there are enough troops on the ground.

While the AFP is only on a supporting role, Atal said the military can easily shift its forces in Boracay if needed.

The government has deployed approximately 600 personnel from the AFP, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to secure the island during its closure.

Meantime, the simulation exercises of security forces in Boracay have been criticized by some as “overkill.”

Others said, such exercises was opposite to the government’s so-called timid response to China’s militarization in the South China Sea, particularly in areas under the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

Moreover, the AFP official said, the island's first day of closure was “generally peaceful.”