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Military secures Malampaya amid terror threats

The Armed Forces has deployed a helicopter gunship to secure the Malampaya natural gas field off Palawan amid “increasing” terrorist threats. Col. Restituto Padilla, Air Force spokesman, said the move is part of an overall security alert in all government flagship projects, including the Malampaya natural gas-to-power project. The $2-billion upstream component of the $4.5-billion Malampaya project was developed and is currently operated by Shell Philippines Exploration B.V., along with Texaco Philippines and Philippine National Oil Co.-Exploration Corp. “The increasing threat of terrorism has convinced defense officials that major national flagship projects, like the natural gas project in Malampaya, are targets of and vulnerable to terrorist attacks,” Padilla said. He, however, clarified that there is no specific threat monitored against Malampaya, saying that the deployment of the S-76A Sikorsky helicopter in the site was just in anticipation of such a plot. Full Story

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