Jan 082015

Starting Monday, Jan. 12, the Philippine Coast Guard will implement no-sail zones in areas near the venues of Pope Francis’ engagements.

Coast Guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said the security measure will be in effect until Jan. 19, radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo reported Thursday.

Balilo said they will advise owners of motor bancas and yachts in Manila Bay against getting near the Mall of Asia and Quirino Grandstand.

The Coast Guard will also implement a similar policy in the waters near Tacloban City and Palo town in Leyte.

Pope Francis is due to arrive in Manila on Jan. 15.

During his visit, he will take part in public engagements in Pasay City, Manila, and Leyte – including a lunch with victims of supertyphoon Yolanda.  Joel Locsin/ELR, GMA News

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