PNP bares traffic rerouting for transfer of the remains of former Pres. Aquino from San Juan to Manila Cathedral

August 2, 2009 12:14 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 2 -– Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa today tasked the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to ensure security and the orderly transfer on Monday of the late President Corazon Aquino from De la Salle-Greenhills in San Juan City to the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.

NCRPO director Chief Supt. Roberto Rosales, who has been coordinating with the Aquino family through a committee in charge of the memorial services, said that NCRPO has organized its deployment plan both for security and traffic concerns.

Rosales said that aside from the policemen already deployed in De La Salle-Greenhills, NCRPO will send people to man the different venues of the wake up to the interment on Wednesday, August 5.

The PNP is anticipating a huge number of mourners and sympathizers who will join the funeral convoy on Monday and those who may want, along the way, to show their grief on the demise of the former President.

Rosales ordered the directors of the Eastern, Southern and Manila Police Districts to undertake a coordinated route and area security measures and traffic management scheme as the funeral convoy take the following route from De La Salle-Greenhills, immediately turn left to Ortigas Ave. (eastbound) until EDSA; turn right at EDSA (southbound) to reach Ayala Ave.; turn right to Ayala Ave. towards Senator Gil Puyat Ave. (formerly Buendia Ave.); turn left to Senator Gil Puyat Ave. towards Roxas Blvd.; turn right at Roxas Blvd. straight to Anda Circle; and finally take right turn to Manila Cathedral.

Rosales said that based on the agreed schedule, the body of the former President will be moved after the Mass in De La Salle-Greenhills to Manila Cathedral at around 11 a.m. of Monday.

He appealed to the public, especially to the motorists who maybe affected, for their understanding and cooperation during the scheduled movement. So as to avoid the possible heavy traffic in the time and areas where the funeral convoy will pass, Rosales advised motorists to take the following alternate routes: Westbound traffic along Ortigas Ave.–Greenhills from EDSA Junction to Connecticut Junction will be closed to traffic starting at 11 a.m. until the clear passage of the funeral convoy; all westbound motorists coming from Ortigas Ave.–Pasig are advised to right turn to EDSA towards Cubao, then make a U-turn at the slot near Camp Crame, move along EDSA towards Makati and right turn either at Annapolis Road or Connecticut Road towards Greenhills; likewise, westbound motorists coming from EDSA-South are advised not to take Ortigas Ave.-Greenhills but go straight to EDSA towards Cubao and also make a U-turn near the slot in Camp Crame.

Rosales also advised the public that due to the holding of the necrological service, vigil, and requiem mass for Mrs. Aquino at the Manila Cathedral, the following areas will be closed to traffic from 9:00 a.m. of Aug. 3 until the departure of the remains for interment on Aug. 5, 2009: Stretch of A. Soriano from Arsobispo to Solano; stretch of Magallanes from A. Soriano to Sta. Potenciana; stretch of Cablido from A. Soriano to Sta. Potenciana; stretch of Gen. Luna from A. Soriano to Sta. Potenciana; stretch of Sto. Tomas from Gen. Luna to Magallanes; stretch of Beaterio from Gen. Luna to Magallanes; stretch of Anda from Gen. Luna to Magallanes; stretch of Real from Gen, Luna to Magallanes; and stretch of A. Soriano from Gen. Luna to Cabildo. (PNA) scs/MM

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