Vessels barred from passing close to Quirino Grandstand during Aquino-Binay inauguration

June 28, 2010 10:21 pm 

MANILA, June 28 –Vessels are prohibited from traversing at the back of the Quirino Grandstand on June 30 in time for the inauguration of President-elect Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Monday.

President-elect Aquino and vice president-elect Jejomar Binay would be sworn in as the two top leaders of the country on Wednesday at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park in Manila.

Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, said the PCG had already issued notice to mariners (Notam) to all shipping lines, informing them that their vessels are prohibited from traversing behind the Quirino Grandstand area on June 30 as part of the security measures.

Commander Allan dela Vega, PCG-Maritime Safety Office chief, said the vessels are barred from passing close to the Quirino Grandstand.

“Since last week, Notam have been sent out to shipping lines to inform them that their vessels are barred from entering the 1.5-kilometer radius restriction zone from the back of the Quirino Grandstand, from the shoreline extending seaward,” said Commander Dela Vega.

The restriction will be implemented from 7 a.m. of June 30 until the time President Aquino leaves the Grandstand and the program has ended.

Lieutenant Commander Arman Balilo, PCG spokesman, said the PCG would assist in ensuring the implementation of the security measures.

Balilo said small crafts and two rubber boats would be deployed outside the breakwater to make sure that no unauthorized vessels would be able to enter the restriction zone that time.

Aquino, 50, is the 15th president of the country, succeeding out-going President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (PNA) RMA/JES

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