PNP, MMDA oversee traffic, security during transfer of Cory's remains

August 2, 2009 12:14 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 2 – Malacañang this afternoon said it coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) security arrangements and traffic rerouting in Manila to ensure a smooth transfer of the remains of former President Cory Aquino from La Salle Greenhills to Manila Cathedral.

Acting Executive Secretary Gabriel Claudio said the remains would be transferred from La Salle Greenhills (LSGH) in San Juan City to Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila to give chance for more people to view the democracy icon’s remains.

“So, we have to meet with the Aquino family and have arrangements for security and traffic rerouting. We expect a convoy or a procession as well as many people lining up the streets,” Claudio said.

The remains of former President Aquino will be moved from La Salle Greenhills to the Manila Cathedral tomorrow and will pass by Ayala Avenue, her family said in a press conference Sunday.

Ayala Avenue has been a historic site of many protest actions against the Marcos dictatorship, marked by what is now tradition of shower of yellow confetti.

Monday’s route from La Salle Greenhills would be: Ortigas Avenue, Edsa, Ayala, Buendia, South Superhighway, Quirino Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, and finally to Intramuros.

For the funeral procession, tentatively, on August 5 will follow this route from Manila Cathedral: Roxas Boulevard, Quirino Avenue, South Superhighway, Sucat Road, and finally to the Manila Memorial Park.

Former Press Undersecretary Lourdes “Deedee” Sytangco, a close friend and publicist of the Aquino family, said the mass at the Manila Cathedral will be later in the day, Monday.

Honor guard ceremonies will be given before the cortege leaves church.

As tribute to the late president, the Makati city government is preparing a "salubong" (welcome) when her hearse passes by Ayala Avenue on Monday.

Makati public information chief Joey Salgado said confetti will be showered by the city's workers when the convoy of vehicles passes by the Central Business District around noon, as it makes its way to the Manila Cathedral.

Salgado said the confetti shower was reminiscent of huge protest rallies in Makati in the 1980s, where Aquino was a central figure.

The Manila Police District announced Sunday the closure of several roads in the city to give way to the necrological service, vigil, and requiem mass for the late former President Aquino at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.

Some 1,000 MPD personnel will be deployed around the vicinity of the Manila Cathedral to man the traffic and to secure the area.

The MPD Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) said that from 9 a.m. Monday to Wednesday, A. Soriano Street from Arzobispo to Solana Streets as well as to Sta. Potenciana Street would be closed to vehicular traffic.

Cabildo Street from A. Soriano to Sta. Potenciana Streets; Gen. Luna Street from A. Soriano to Sta. Potenciana Streets; Sto. Tomas Street from Gen. Luna to Magallanes Streets; Beatero Street from Gen. Luna to Magallanes Streets; Anda Circle from Gen. Luna to Magallanes Streets; and Real Street from Gen. Luna to Magallanes Streets will also be closed to traffic.

The MPD-TEU said A. Soriano Street from Gen. Luna to Cabildo Streets would be closed at an earlier hour from 6 a.m. onwards.

All passenger jeepneys from three Manila bridges, which take the A. Soriano Street route, are advised to reroute to P. Burgos Street, A. Bonifacio Drive then Anda Circle.

Other motorists planning to go through A. Soriano Street are advised to take Taft Avenue or A. Bonifacio Drive.

On the other hand, all vehicles from Riverside Street or Magallanes Drive should take a u-turn to Plaza España or Solano Street.

Chief Supt. Rodolfo Magtibay, Manila police chief, said that the convoy for the transfer of Aquino’s remains would be escorted by Manila policemen.

The convoy is expected to arrive at around 1 p.m. on Monday at the Manila Cathedral after its departure from the La Salle Greenhills at around 11 a.m. Monday. (PNA)

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