ASEAN task force
VS. “lightning strikes”
nov. 1,, 2017
CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga- The ASEAN Security Task Force will be on the watch out for “lightning strikes” among routes to be negotiated by the convoy to escort foreign leaders and delegates from the Clark International Airport (CIA) to their Manila destinations and vice versa for the ASEAN 50 summit on Nov. 13 to 15.
Pampanga police operations chief Superintendent Michael John Riego explained that “lighting strikes” refer to the flashing of protest signs and other such actions along the escort routes, which include the length of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
In a forum of the Capampangans in Media, Inc. (CAMI), Riego said those who engage in such lightning strikes could be arrested.
This, even as Riego said neither the SCTEX nor the NLEX would be closed to other motorists during ASEAN convoys. “NLEX people did not want it probably because there would be heavy losses, so what will be implemented is a stop-and-go scheme to give way to the convoys,” he said.
Riego said that heavy traffic caused by the recent dry runs for the ASEAN event had been primarily due to “miscommunication.”
He said that gaps in the dry runs have already been patched up and that the stop-and-go scheme to be adopted would probably cause motorists a delay of only five to 10 minutes.
Riego also said Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda has been tasked to welcome at the CIA the foreign leaders and other delegates to the ASEAN summit.
“The heads of states would be flown from Clark airport to Manila destinations. The rest would be escorted in convoys by land,” he said, adding that the traffic interventions would be done only for the arrival and departure of the ASEAN guests.
Riego also noted that the CIA parking could accommodate a maximum of four huge 747 aircraft and that others would probably be parked at Villamor air base.
There are reports, however, that the heads of states to attend the ASEAN summit would land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, while the rest would be landing at Clark.