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MM no-fly zone during Asean meet

A NO-FLY zone will be implemented in Manila and nearby provinces starting Nov. 9 as part of the security preparations for the 21 heads of state and other delegates who will be flying to Manila for the 31st  Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, the Interior Department said Monday. 

“We are covering all the bases to ensure the safety and security of our Asean delegates, including their mobility and transfer from one place to another,” Interior officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy said. 

“We appeal to all our countrymen and the business community who will be affected by the restrictions. Please bear with us in the next few days.” 

Cuy made his statement even as the Gabriela Women’s Party on Monday raised fears that US President Donald Trump will push for the full restoration of US military bases in the country when he visits the Philippines later this week. 

Gabriela Party-list Rep. Emmi de Jesus said the “militarist push is very likely” as Trump is expected to play up the North Korean threat and with the Duterte regime already providing at least five agreed locations or military bases for the use of the US military. 

“We fear that Trump will push for heightened US militarism in the Philippines and in the Asean region as he obsesses with his warmongering against North Korea,” De Jesus said. 

“This bodes ill for women and the people who have had terrible experience with US military presence in the country.” 

Cuy said all general aviation flights with a 10,000-foot altitude and 40-nautical-mile radius will be restricted from Nov. 9 to 14 (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Nov. 15 (4 a.m. to 5 p.m.) in the entire Clark Special Economic and Freeport Zone in Pampanga, where all leaders are expected to arrive and depart for Manila. 

All general aircraft with very high frequency omni-directional range at 10,000-foot altitude and 40-nautical-mile radious will likewise be barred over Manila on Nov. 12 (6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), Nov. 13-14 (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.), and Nov. 15 (4 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

A no-landing restriction will likewise be implemented on Runway 13 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Nov. 12 to 15 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only departure flights will be allowed at this runway during this period. 

A no-take-off restriction will also be enforced on Runway 31 on the same dates.

In Rizal Park, air operations will be barred within a 10,000-foot altitude and four-nautical-mile radius from Nov. 12 to 15 (6 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

No drones will likewise be allowed to fly around Clark in Pampanga and Rizal Park in Manila on Nov. 9 to 17.

Topics: 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

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