Security tightens around MOA ahead of Miss Universe coronation

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2017 05:16 PM

Philippine National Police officers patrol the area around the MOA Arena in Pasay City on Wednesday days ahead of the staging of the 65th Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/Courtesy of Solar, LCS, MUO

MANILA -- - Last-minute security preparations are already in place, a day before the Miss Universe coronation at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Police are also conducting rounds in the area to secure the venue of the pageant. Three tranches of security check have been placed for
visitors.

Traffic has also began to build up around the area but policemen have been deployed to manage traffic flow.

Over 1,858 uniformed police, as well as around 200 members of the Armed Forces, and 150 members of the Philippine Coast Guard will be deployed to oversee security on Monday, Police Director Oscar Albayalde, regional director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said last Friday.

Albayalde added that security measures may change if President Rodrigo Duterte decides to watch the pageant. However, the Palace is yet to issue a confirmation of the President’s attendance.

-- reports from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News