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President Benigno S. Aquino III and His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the United Mexican States, lead the singing of the Philippine and Mexico National Anthem during the welcome ceremony for the State Visit to the Philippines on Tuesday (November 17, 2015) at the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has attributed the improvement of the country’s ranking at the Global Terrorism Index 2015 to the security measures it has implemented and cooperation with partner government agencies.

“We heard about the news and (we) attribute it (to the measure) security cooperation of all the government agencies not only from the Armed Forces of the Philippines but on the whole-government approach,” PNP Spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said during the APEC Security Task Force briefing Thursday.

President Benigno S. Aquino III and His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the United Mexican States, lead the singing of the Philippine and Mexico National Anthem during the welcome ceremony for the State Visit to the Philippines on Tuesday (November 17, 2015) at the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III and His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the United Mexican States, lead the singing of the Philippine and Mexico National Anthem during the welcome ceremony for the State Visit to the Philippines on Tuesday (November 17, 2015) at the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila. (MNS photo)

The Philippines ranked 11th out of 162 countries in terms of the impact of terrorism in the Global Terrorism Index 2015, a tool that analyzes the trends in terrorist activities worldwide.

This ranking improved from ninth in 2014 as it saw a decrease in the number of deaths related to terrorism.

The country experienced 378 terrorism incidents in 2014 that left 240 persons dead and 367 injured. A total of 529 properties were damaged because of the atrocities.

The number of terrorism-related fatalities went down by 18 percent to 240 in 2014 from 291 in 2013. (MNS)

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