500 cops to guard ASEAN Summit in November

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 13 2017 01:20 PM

MANILA- Around 500 policemen will be deployed to ensure the security of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here this November.

The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) will prepare 28 convoy packages for the safe movement of state leaders who will attend the summit, Senior Insp. Jem Delantes, spokesperson for the PNP-HPG said in a press briefing Friday.

Delantes said 5 motorcycles and 2 patrol cars will be deployed to each convoy package for each state leader while 2 motorcycles and 1 patrol car will be allotted for each convoy package of spouses of leaders, ministers, and other delegates.

Another 15 convoy packages will be on standby for other delegates who would either travel within the metro or attend other meetings.

"Hindi kasi natin maiwasan ang biglaang lakad ng mga delegates, or ang mga delegates o ministers na may sumingit. At least meron tayong reserved convoy packages," Delantes said.

Delantes also appealed to the public to cooperate with the security measures that will be implemented, particularly in routes where the convoy of the delegates will pass.

"Sa mga darating na araw, magkakaroon kami ng SIMEX or route familiarization, considering yung area ng operations natin sa ASEAN ay malaki, Clark to Manila to Clark," Delantes said.

Leaders and top diplomats from the regional bloc will hold a series of meetings in Manila and Clark, Pampanga from Nov. 10 to 14. United States President Donald Trump will also attend the summit according to the White House.

Metro Manila mayors have already agreed to suspend classes on Nov. 16-17 to give way to the Philippines' hosting of the summit.