Sep 082013
Saying they expect the Sept. 11 anti-pork barrel prayer vigil at the EDSA Shrine to be well-attended though peaceful, Metro Manila police said Sunday they will focus their efforts on ensuring smooth traffic during the event.

Metro Manila police spokesman Chief Inspector Robert Domingo also said they will further iron out their security plans Monday when they meet with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

“Ayon sa coordination namin medyo marami yata nag-signify. Magfo-focus kami sa traffic management and control, pero hindi pababayaan ang overt and covert security,” he said in an interview on dzBB radio Sunday afternoon.

He also noted traffic may be congested at EDSA on Wednesday since many faithful are expected to travel to Baclaran Church for Mass.

Many Filipinos are expected to attend the vigil organized by the “EDSA Tayo” movement.

Earlier, EDSA Tayo convenor Junep Ocampo said a Mass and a lecture on the evils of pork by economics professor Solita Monsod will highlight Wednesday’s vigil.

Domingo said the Metro Manila police and MMDA will meet on Monday to finalize their security plan.

For now, he said they will conduct mobile checkpoints and heighten police visibility as part of their Police Integrated Patrol System.

9/11 anniversary, Marcos’ birthday

Meanwhile, Domingo said they may also adjust their deployment since Sept. 11 is also the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack on the United States, and the birth anniversary of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

“Kaya ang security plan binubusisi, medyo mag-a-adjust at magdadagdag at magbabawas,” he said.

But so far, he said, there has been no verified intelligence report of any threat to Wednesday’s vigil. — BM, GMA News

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