PNP asks establishments along APEC route to close windows

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Both northbound and southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard will be closed from November 16 to 20.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the top concern of leaders and delegates attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next week is safety.

According to the PNP, the security preparations are in place and it is ready for any kind of threats.

To secure the areas, PNP asked hotel and building owners along Roxas Boulevard to keep their windows shut.

Related: No 'internal threats' to APEC leaders, says chief organizer

Ambassador Marciano Paynor, director general of the APEC National Organizing Council, told CNN Philippines' Chief Correspondent Pia Hontiveros on Wednesday (November 11) that this will eliminate possible threats coming from establishments along the APEC routes.

"In general, what the security has requested all building managers is to have all the windows of the building closed," said Paynor. "Because otherwise it will be difficult to determine, which buildings have... Well, they will all have people, but when a window is open then the probability that there might be some people who have negative intentions."

 

If it sees someone opening their windows, the PNP will need to check on them.

"Normally, makikita mo ang gaps when we do functional exercises and full-scale exercises," said PNP Dir. Gen. Ricardo Marquez. "After the exercises, we immediately make the adjustments, kung 'yun ba ay on number of people, procedures ba, closure of additional roads, coordination ba ng traffic sa vicinity ng billet areas, or 'yung main traffic rerouting ng MMDA [Metropolitan Manila Development Authority]."

[Translation: "Normally you will see the gaps when we do functional exercises and full-scale exercises. After the exercises, we immediately make the adjustments, whether on the number of people, procedures, closure of additional roads, traffic coordination within the vicinity of billet areas, or the main traffic rerouting of the MMDA."]

Related: Authorities fine-tune logistics, security for APEC summit

The police will hold a final dry run this Saturday (November 14).

By next week, the area near the Philippine International Convention Center, where the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting will take place, is expected to be placed under a very strict security protocol.

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