More than 60,000 personnel will be deployed for the 31st ASEAN Summit to be held from November 10 to 14, 2017 in Metro Manila and Clark Field in Pampanga. To avoid public inconvenience, the President has already declared November 13-15 as special non-working days in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga. Metro Manila mayors, however, extended the suspension of classes in all levels in their areas of responsibility on November 16-17 to make it convenient for delegates who wish to explore the metro.
The ASEAN Summit with be attended by 21 world leaders, including the most powerful nations, United States, China, and Russia. There would be checkpoints and temporary lockdowns on “critical areas” to ensure the safety and security of heads of state who will be participating in the Southeast Asian region’s conference. The Philippine National Police also suspended civilians’ permits to carry firearms outside of their residences from November 1 to 15 as part of the security measures.
The following roads will be temporarily locked down:
- Roads along Philippine International Convention Center, Cultural Center of the Philippines, and Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City, starting November 10; and
- North Luzon Expressway lane from Clark, Pampanga to Manila, on lockdown for nearly 20 minutes every time a foreign leader arrives for the Asean summit on November 11 and 12.
All types of aircraft and drone operations in Manila and nearby provinces would also be restricted, according to Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy:
- No-fly zone in Clark Field Special Economic and Freeport Zone in Pampanga on Nov. 9-14 from 6am to 10pm and Nov. 15 from 4am to 5pm;
- Prohibition of aircraft operations within an altitude of 10,000 feet and radius of four nautical miles near Rizal Park in Manila on Nov. 12 to 15 from 6am to 5pm;
- Closure of Sangley Airport in Cavite, Plaridel Airport in Bulacan, and Subic International Airport in Olongapo to civilian aircraft operations on Nov. 9-15 from 6am to 5pm;
- A no-landing restriction on Runway 13 and no take-off restriction on Runway 31 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Nov. 12 to 15 from 6am to 5pm; and
- Prohibition of drones in Clark, Pampanga and Rizal Park in Manila from Nov. 9 to 17 within 40 nautical miles.
In an advisory, the government also declared as a no-sail zone the vicinity of waters off H2O hotel, Manila to Okada hotel and the New Seaside Drive in Parañaque City from Nov. 5 to Nov. 16. “We are covering all the bases to ensure the safety and security of our ASEAN delegates, including their mobility and transfer from one place to another,” Cuy said.
President Duterte leaves to attend APEC in Vietnam
President Duterte is set to leave in the afternoon today for Vietnam to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, which other world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, will attend. Duterte signed Special Order 993 designating Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as his Officer-In-Charge (OIC) to take care of the day-to-day operations in the Office of the President and to oversee the general administration of the Executive Department. The Department of Foreign Affairs is scheduling President Duterte’s bilateral meetings in the APEC, which hopefully will include US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.