By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP), through Director for Operations PMGen Valeriano de Leon, is now coordinating with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the City Government of Manila for the traffic rerouting in the vicinity of the National Museum as part of the security measures for the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
As discussed during the top-level security meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the traffic rerouting will take effect starting at 12:01 on June 26.
“We are aware that the roads in this area are very busy.” “That is why we are constantly coordinating with the MMDA and the Manila City LGU to come up with the best rerouting plan to ease the inconvenience on the part of the motorists and the commuting public,” said De Leon.
“We appeal for understanding. “This is a very significant event that needs to be secured as we are going to witness another milestone in our history as a nation,” he added.
De Leon said that they will release the traffic rerouting plan that includes alternate roads that motorists could take in order for them to have enough time to plan their travel.
PNP OIC PLtGen Vicente Danao led the security meeting for the inauguration.
Danao praised De Leon for personally supervising the security preparations.
“We are ready. Almost all systems go na po especially that our Directorate for Operations is really supervising the whole operation and the whole deployment of our troops,” Danao said.
At least 7,000 policemen will be deployed to secure the National Museum and the golf course fronting the inauguration site where supporters of President-elect Marcos will be accommodated.
De Leon is also leading the coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Coast Guard to maximize the security for the June 30 event.
“We cover every inch of the area, whether it is by land, air or sea. We are also constantly reviewing our security plan to ensure that even minor details will not be missed,” said De Leon.
De Leon also reminded the public about the implementation of the gun ban in Metro Manila that will take effect from June 27 until July 2.
“Also part of our preparations is on the spot security adjustments for any eventuality. And this includes contingency for those who wanted to disrupt the activity,” said De Leon as he appealed anew to the protesters to respect the June 30 event. (ai/mtvn)