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AFP maintains NCR red alert

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 03:09pm (Mla time) 11/14/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces’ National Capital Region Command (NCRCom) has maintained a red alert status and placed its 3,000 troops on standby for possible deployment in the wake of the bomb attack at the House of Representatives that killed three people, including a congressman.

The NCRCom was scheduled to lower its alert from red to blue on Wednesday.

The alert was raised following the October 19 explosion at the Glorietta shopping mall in Makati City that killed 11 people, said NCRCom spokesman Captain Carlo Ferrer.

“Because of what happened last night, we are continuing our red alert,” Ferrer told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.

NCRCOM chief Major General Fernando Mesa has ordered his men to “maintain vigilance and monitor the situation,” Ferrer said.

Under a red alert, all leave passes are cancelled and troops are required to report to headquarters, the spokesman said.

While there were no immediate orders for the NCRCom to augment police in the metropolis, Ferrer said: “Our troops are ready here in our camp. When called upon, they are readily deployable.”

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed its forces in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Southern Luzon on full alert, the equivalent of a military red alert, after the Congress attack.

Troops from the Civil Military Operations (CMO) battalion and Army K-9 teams were dispatched to the blast site Tuesday evening to help secure and inspect the area.

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Arroyo disapproval rating climbs — poll

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 02:38pm (Mla time) 11/14/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Public disapproval and distrust of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo rose in October, over a three month period, at 39 and 46 percent respectively, according to private polling firm Pulse Asia Inc.

The ratings increased from a 34 percent disapproval rating and a 37 percent distrust rating in July, Pulse Asia said in a statement.

The study was conducted from October 20 to 31 amid controversies over the botched ZTE broadband deal, the alleged cash gifts from the Palace to local government officials and lawmakers, and the reported rift between President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and House Speaker Jose de Venecia.

Arroyo’s disapproval rating was the highest among the country’s top five officials. She is followed by House Speaker Jose de Venecia (28 percent), Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno (22 percent), Vice President Noli de Castro (15 percent), and Senate President Manuel Villar (6 percent).

In the latest survey, 30 percent approved of the President’s performance while 31 percent were undecided.

“Amid new calls for her resignation over the ZTE bribery scandal and the cash handouts to several government officials, President Arroyo registers an overall disapproval rating of 39% — the highest among the country’s top five national officials,” the survey firm said.

While 46 percent said they had small or no trust on the President, 23 percent said they had “big trust,” while 31 percent were undecided.

“In October 2007, distrust is the predominant sentiment towards President Arroyo, as expressed by 46 percent of Filipinos,” Pulse Asia said.

De Venecia’s son, Jose III, accused former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos tried to bribe him to give up his firm’s bid for the National Broadband Network (NBN) in favor of ZTE.

He also accused the President’s husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, of warning him to “back off” from the NBN bidding.

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