Inquirer.net : NCRPO ready for Marcos inauguration; Several roads will be closed, backpacks prohibited in VIP areas

16 June 2022

By Gabriel Pabico Lalu | Inquirer.net

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has assured the public that it is ready to secure the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos at the National Museum on June 30.

According to NCRPO on Thursday, aside from several road closures, the one-kilometer radius of the National Museum will be declared a no-fly zone for drones and aircraft, while several ports and waterways near the establishment have also been inspected.

“To ensure success, zero casualties, and any untoward incident in the upcoming inauguration, final security preparation has been finalized and laid down. This is to guarantee a smooth transition of political leadership in the country amid the continuing threat of the current health crisis,” NCRPO said in a statement.

“Relative to this, the airspace within a one-kilometer radius of the National Museum will be declared as ‘no-fly and no drone flying zone’ as well as all the ports and waterways will be secured to preempt entry of would-be saboteurs,” it added.

The following roads will be closed to the public:

  • Stretch of Padre Burgos Avenue from Taft Avenue to Roxas Boulevard
  • Stretch of Finance Road from Padre Burgos to Taft
  • Stretch of T.M. Kalaw Avenue from Taft to Roxas Boulevard
  • Stretch of Maria Orosa Street from Padre Burgos to Kalaw
  • Stretch of General Luna Street from Padre Burgos to Muralla Street
  • Stretch of C. Victoria Street from Taft to Muralla
  • Stretch of Ayala Boulevard, from General Solano Street, crossing Ayala Bridge, to Taft Avenue

‘No Backpack Policy’
Backpacks also wouldn’t be allowed in all VIP areas to ensure the safety of everyone.

“The ‘No Backpack Policy’ in all VIP engagement areas will also be implemented. This is to help security forces monitor more easily potential terror threats during the said occasion,” NCRPO explained.

NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad assured that they have contingency plans in case of other problems.

“We have not monitored any threat ahead as of this moment but we are continuously and closely monitoring and coordinating with our counterparts,” Natividad said in the same statement.

NCRPO also noted that the gun ban policy suggested by Philippine National Police (PNP) director for operations Maj. Gen. Valeriano de Leon and approved by acting police chief Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. would be implemented.

As such, only uniformed personnel of the armed services who are performing official duties will be allowed to carry firearms.