Manila on alert: Erap taking steps to prevent Resort World massacre in his city

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Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has assured the public that the capital city is “well protected” from security threats similar to the incident at the Resorts World Manila that left 38 people dead.

Estrada said that although he cannot predict an attack, the 4,600-strong Manila Police District (MPD) is ready to respond to any eventuality.

“Let’s just hope and pray. But rest assured that Manila is well protected. Our police force is always on alert 24/7,” Estrada told reporters after the presentation of the 30 candidates of Miss Manila 2017 at the Manila Hotel on Thursday.

Estrada immediately directed the local police to further double its security deployment around the capital city to prevent a spillover of the attacks by Islamist militants who took over Marawi City last May 23.

In response, MPD ringed the grounds of Malacañang with security checkpoints and patrols while police units were also dispatched to major government installations and commercial districts throughout the city.

The full alert status of the MPD remained in place until today, Estrada said, especially after the Resorts World rampage on June 2.

Moreover, the city police are also finalizing a joint security cooperation with the security officers of commercial and business establishments in the city to frustrate any untoward incident similar to what has happened in Resorts World Manila, Estrada added.