By Joel E. Zurbano | Manila Standard
The National Capital Region Police Office will enforce a no-fly zone policy in the areas surrounding the National Museum in Manila to protect the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on June 30.
NCRPO chief Police Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad said the airspace within one kilometer radius of the National Museum will be declared as no-fly and no-drone zones, while all the ports and waterways will be secured to preempt entry of what he described as “would-be saboteurs.”
The no-fly zone is one of the security measures the police force will enforce before, during and after the event, he said.
“To ensure success, zero casualty and any untoward incident in the upcoming inauguration, final security preparation has been finalized and laid down. This is to guarantee smooth transition of political leadership in the country amid the continuing threat of the current health crisis,” said Natividad.
Three days before inauguration day, the Philippine National Police will also suspend the Permit to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) in cities of Manila and Pasay City from 6 a.m. of June 27 to 6 a.m. of July 1.
Natividad said only members of the PNP, the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies who are performing official duties in prescribed uniforms will be authorized to carry firearms.
Road closures will also be implemented on major streets in Manila.
Motorists are advised to avoid P. Burgos Ave. from Taft Ave to Roxas Blvd; Finance Rd from P. Burgos to Taft Ave; TM Kalaw Ave from Taft Ave to Roxas Blvd; Ma. Orosa St. from P. Burgos Ave to TM Kalaw Ave; Gen. Luna St. from P. Burgos Ave to Muralla St; Victoria St. from Taft Ave to Muralla St.; and Ayala Blvd from Gen Solano St. to Taft Ave.
The “no backpack policy” in all VIP engagement areas will also be implemented to help security forces easily monitor potential terror threats during the occasion.
“We have not monitored any threat ahead as of this moment, but we are continuously and closely monitoring and coordinating with our counterparts. Let me reiterate my plea to everyone to think of your safety as it is our ultimate concern,” said Natividad.
“We at the NCRPO are doing everything we can to ensure that the upcoming inauguration of our new president will be a success,” he added.