AFP allays fears spurred by military tank sightings along EDSA

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A video of a military tank plying EDSA surfaced on social media amid President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to "speak to the nation" on Tuesday afternoon.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) allayed the public's fears of stronger military presence in Metro Manila.

"We wish to categorically state that there were no such sizeable movements of military aircraft or armoured vehicles," AFP Spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement.

This after a video of a military tank plying EDSA surfaced on social media.

 

Arevalo said if these were true, they are considered "routine movements that are properly coordinated."

"These transportations may happen any time of the day or night especially in localities where there are military camps. Some are even announced to the public in so far as they will not compromise operational security," he said.

The AFP urged the public to stay calm as there is no cause for alarm, and called for a stop to misinformation.

Talks of military tank sightings came amid President Rodrigo Duterte's plan that he will speak to the nation on Tuesday afternoon. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said Duterte "wants to speak to the nation," without giving any possible topics, prompting speculations on what the President would talk about.