ASEAN Summit security alert Metro Manila and Clark Freeport

ASEAN Summit to be held in Metro Manila and Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, Philippines, Nov. 10-14. Plan for extremely tight security.

The locations affected by this alert are Metro Manila, Clark Freeport Zone (Angeles City) This alert began 31 Oct 2017 11:09 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Nov 2017 23:59 GMT.

- Event: ASEAN Summit meetings
- Location: Metro Manila; Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga Province
- Time Frame: Nov. 10-14
- Impact: Tight security, traffic disruptions, possible protests Summary The 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings will take place in Metro Manila and Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga Province Nov. 10-14. Foreign leaders from 21 countries and approximately 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the summit. Most summit meetings will occur at the Philippines International Convention Center (PICC), located in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex in Pasay City in Metro Manila, while other meetings will take place at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga Province. The delegates will stay at the Manila Hotel, Manila Diamond Hotel, New World Manila Bay Hotel, Pan Pacific, and Century Park Sheraton in the capital. The government has declared Nov. 13-15 special non-working days in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.

Authorities will increase security across Metro Manila, Clark Freeport Zone, and surrounding areas for the summit. As of Oct. 31, authorities have said there are no known security threats to the event. Government forces will be on the highest security alert, and officials will deploy more than 30,000 security personnel. Officers will erect checkpoints and impose temporary lockdowns in "critical areas," particularly around the meeting venues. Security screening delays are likely at the entrances of hotels hosting summit participants.

Police will impose a gun ban Nov. 1-15 in the National Capital Region and Aurora, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Zambales provinces in central Luzon; those in the affected areas are not allowed to carry firearms outside their residences.

Demonstrations
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) - an alliance of left-wing activists - plans to hold demonstrations during the summit; however, the group has not announced specific rally sites. During the ASEAN Summit in Manila in April, leftist groups rallied outside the US Embassy and near the PICC. Protesters may also gather at other popular protest sites such as the Liwasang Bonifacio if police ban gatherings near the embassy and PICC. Violent clashes between demonstrators and security personnel cannot be ruled out, particularly if security personnel forcibly disperse the crowd.

Transport
Foreign leaders will arrive and depart at the Clark International Airport (CRK). Most state leaders are expected to arrive Nov. 11 and depart Nov. 14. At least 50 domestic and international flights at CRK will be affected by the arrival and departures of the foreign delegates. No flight disruptions are expected at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL).

Trucks and vans are not allowed to travel on the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), from Clark to Balintawak, and on EDSA from Balintawak to Magallanes Nov. 11-15. Officials will close Roxas Boulevard between Padre Burgos and Buendia avenues 0001-1200 Nov. 13. On Nov. 12, officials will close the entire CCP complex. Officials will also shut down the NLEX for about 20 minutes every time a foreign leader's convoy passes between the Clark Freeport Zone and Metro Manila.

Advice
Use caution near the CCP and surrounding areas, as well as other meeting venues in Clark Freeport Zone to the extent possible during the summit. Avoid all demonstrations due to the possibility of clashes. Confirm business appointments near affected areas. Plan alternative routes to reach destinations in Pasay City. Confirm flight schedules; allow considerable extra travel time if flying through CRK and MNL due to possible additional security screenings. Plan accordingly for commercial trucking disruptions and delivery delays. Heed the instructions of security personnel, and remain non-confrontational if questioned. Carry proper identification at all times.

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