Close to 60,000 soldiers, police to secure ASEAN Summit in November

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 2) — Close to 60,000 soldiers and police will be deployed for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this month.

The Department of Interior and Local Government on Thursday said 59,276 security forces will be deployed to areas in Metro Manila and Pampanga to ensure the safety and security of the ASEAN delegates and the public.

Over 20 world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, are expected to attend the meetings scheduled for November 10 to 14.

Members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will be assigned to secure the airports, routes, venues, and tours of the delegates.

"We are therefore mobilizing thousands of troops and resources and even get augmentations from nearby regions just to make sure that there will be no untoward incident during the summit," Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy said in a statement.

The number of forces deployed is more than double the 26,000 that secured the 30th ASEAN Summit in April.

Partial and full lockdowns will be implemented to accommodate ASEAN convoys from November 8 to 15. Authorities will place on lockdown a number of areas hosting the meetings, such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, the Philippine International Convention Center, and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City.

All foreign leaders will arrive and leave through the Clark International Airport in Clark, Pampanga, 80 kilometers north of Manila. The ASEAN Summit will take place in Clark.

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Metro Manila police chief assured Supt. Oscar Albayalde said the metro is safe and secure.

There will be a send-off ceremony for the security forces on November 5 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. Independence Road from Katigbak Drive to South Drive will be closed to traffic as early as 6 a.m. Sunday and will only be re-opened once the send-off ceremony is done. The right and left portions of Quirino Grandstand including Bonifacio Drive, P.  Burgos, and  T. M. Kalaw will be rerouted while the ceremony is ongoing.