Gov't tightens embassy security amid terror threat

Agence France-Presse

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday ordered tighter security for Philippine embassies and businesses following reported threats against the country's interests abroad.

Macapagal said in a statement that the foreign department was coordinating with host countries on "intensified security measures for our embassies and other Philippine establishments abroad to thwart any terrorist attempts."



Thai police reported on Monday that threats were sent to the offices of Philippine Airlines, as well as other foreign airlines in Bangkok.

The threats appeared similar to those previously made against embassies in Thailand last week by a mysterious group known as the "Yellow-Red Overseas Organization."

The warnings are thought to relate to these countries' support for the US presence in Iraq. The Philippines has 51 soldiers and policemen assisting the occupation forces in Iraq.

The Philippines has rejected calls to bring home the contingent serving in Iraq, but has restricted them to camp and suspended plans to send reinforcements.


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