Quirino Grandstand, QC Circle set for Aquino inauguration

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 27 2010 11:15 PM | Updated as of Jun 28 2010 07:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines – United States     embassy staff meticulously inspected the Quirino Grandstand in Manila ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, and Vice-President-elect Jejomar “Jojo” Binay on June 30.

US President Barack Obama will not be able to attend the ceremony but he will send US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Jr.

Rizal Park supervisor Chief Inspector Efren Pangan told ABS-CBN News, “Tinanong nila kung saan yung drop-off point, yung daanan.”

Organizers have sent the diplomatic community a hundred invitations to the inauguration.

The invitees will be among nearly 5,000 VIPs who will witness the ceremony at the grandstand.
    
“Most of them are coming…. Some from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Europe… and a Cabinet official from US,” said Ching Escaler, member of the Inaugural Committee.

Escaler’s co-member in the Inaugural Committee, Jing Magsaysay, also divulged where the VIPs will be seated.

Workers, meantime, are building platforms at the Quirino Grandstand for local and foreign media.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) or security cameras from the Philippine National Police (PNP)-National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) are also being set up.

The public can watch the ceremonies from an elevated portion of Luneta. The venue can accommodate as many as 30,000 people.

At the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, where a street party will be held, a total of 2,000 police officers will be stationed starting on the eve of the inauguration.

Revelers can avail of free parking space at the Quezon City Hall and the three innermost lanes of the Elliptical Road. – With reports from Jekki Pascual, ANC and Maricar Bautista, ABS-CBN News