The Manila Times : Security measures for Marcos inauguration finalized

20 June 2022

By Francis Earl Cueto | The Manila Times

SECURITY measures for the inauguration of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. as the nation's 17th President on June 30 are in place, the police said.

Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, said that health protocols were taken into consideration in their security planning.

He said security measures have been finalized and authorities expect a smooth transfer of power.

Natividad said that contingency plans are also in place in case problems arise.

"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 a statement.

He added that roads within the one-kilometer radius of the National Museum will be closed to vehicular traffic.

The area will also be declared a "no fly zone" for all types of aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.

Vessels docked or passing through ports and waterways near the National Museum will likewise be inspected.

Three days before the event, Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residence in Manila and Pasay City will be suspended from 6 a.m. of June 27, 2022 to 6 a.m. of July 1, 2022. Earlier, Philippine National Police (PNP) director for operations, Maj. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, said that large LED TVs will be set up in strategic areas in Metro Manila and other parts of the country to accommodate as many supporters of Marcos to witness his inauguration.

"The PNP is now coordinating with the camp of President-elect Bongbong Marcos to seek permission to talk with the administrators of these big LED walls. This is for the benefit of everybody, especially of the supporters because they need not go to the National Museum to witness the event," he said.

On Sunday, the PNP said it is considering the Philippine Arena as one of the areas where a large LED television may be set up.

"If the Philippine Arena were used as a remote viewing area, it could accommodate around 70,000 inside and another 100,000 outside, particularly in the front area of the arena," de Leon said in a statement on Sunday.

The PNP is also looking at the Mall of Asia Arena as well as the Philippine Sports Center in Pasig City and the North Luzon Express Terminal in Bulacan.

"If viewing areas were set up in these areas, then they could greatly reduce the number of people at the National Museum in Manila, which can only accommodate a limited number of people," de Leon said.