P.M. BRIEFING : P & G Closes Manila Operations

From Times Wire Services

Procter & Gamble Co. said it has closed its general office and one of its two manufacturing plants in Manila because of fighting between Philippines government troops and rebel soldiers.

The plant in the Makati area near Manila's financial district--the scene of fighting--was closed Monday, Procter & Gamble spokeswoman Kelly Gillespie said. The plant produces P&G;'s Richardson-Vicks products.

P&G;'s general office in Manila was closed Friday.

"The plan is for the plant and the general office to remain closed until further notice," said spokesman Patrick Hayes at P&G; headquarters in Cincinnati. "The good news is that none of our employees has been harmed in any way and, as of yesterday, there was no damage to our property."

P&G;'s main soap and detergent plant in Manila, in the Tondo area about 15 miles from the financial district, continues to operate, spokesmen said.

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