Cops ready for Aquino inaugural

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has finalized the security and public safety plan for the inaugural ceremony of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as the 15th Philippine president on June 30, an event that thousands are expected to attend, an official said on Thursday.

The center of activity will be at the Quirino Grandstand, where Aquino will take his oath of office before Supreme Court Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales.

PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa has approved an elaborate security and public safety plan in and around the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park.

Verzosa said the PNP has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) declaring the airspace over the grandstand as a no-fly zone for the duration of the inaugural ceremony, except for television helicopters that were given special permission to take aerial footage.

The PNP will also issue a similar notice to Mariners to prohibit seacraft from coming too near the shoreline in the vicinity of the grandstand and the Ocean Park area.

PNP Task Force “Panunumpa,” head Deputy Director General Jefferson Soriano said that the NCRPO will deploy at least 5,500 personnel for the inauguration. (PIA-Bohol)

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