Philippines Beefs Up Security for Pope Visit After Paris Attack

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The new militant attacks in Paris and
Sydney have stirred Philippine authorities to beef adult security
for Pope Francis, who arrives in Asia’s most-Catholic country
today, where he is approaching to attract crowds in a millions.

The Philippines has good reason to be nervous:
Assassination attempts were done on dual prior pontiffs in
past visits. In 1970, a Bolivian artist attempted to gash Pope Paul VI on attainment during Manila’s airport, and 25 years later, Pope John Paul II avoided a explosve conflict in a city.

Authorities are also on corner after final week’s murdering of
17 people that began with in an conflict on satirical magazine
Charlie Hebdo, and December’s encircle in a Sydney cafeteria that ended
in a shootout. About 37,000 policemen and soldiers will be
mobilized for Francis’s visit, that is difficult by a 78-year-old pontiff refusing to transport in a bullet-proof automobile and
his gusto for plunging into crowds to hail a faithful.

Security army have analyzed new events overseas,
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas pronounced in a televised briefing
yesterday when asked either a incidents in France and
Australia had stirred a change in preparations.

“Any suitable measures germane to a Philippine
setting are being incorporated in a confidence plan,” he said.

The supervision also has to contend with outrageous crowds. About
6 million people are approaching to attend Sunday mass in Manila’s
Luneta Park on Jan. 18, Roxas said. President Benigno Aquino led
a dress operation a dusk of Jan. 13 for Francis’s motorcade
from Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to a pope’s proxy home
along Taft Avenue in Manila.

“We’ve combined confidence measures not usually opposite terrorism
but also to control a crowd,” Roxas said. The supervision can
airlift a pontiff if needed, he said, recalling that in 1995,
John Paul II rode a helicopter to and from an eventuality in Manila
after a sea of people blocked his motorcade.

President’s Appeal

Aquino on Jan. 12 appealed for patience and cooperation
during a pope’s visit. He has announced Jan. 15, 16 and 19 as
special non-working days in Metro Manila.

The pontiff is scheduled to arrive during a atmosphere bottom during 5:45
p.m. internal time today. He’ll accommodate Aquino during a presidential
palace tomorrow before mass with eremite leaders. On Jan. 17,
he’ll transport to typhoon-devastated Tacloban before returning to
Manila for a alfresco mass a following day.

The supervision has set adult dull spaces around a site of
the mass in box of intensity stampedes and other emergencies,
Roxas said. About 30 video screens will be positioned during the
venue, he said.

Thirty walk-through scanners will be set adult in a park,
and military will use hand-held steel detectors to check baggage,
Carmelo Valmoria, who heads a National Capital Region Police
Office, told reporters yesterday. Anyone found with pointed
objects, guns or other weapons will be detained, pronounced Leonardo
Espina, inhabitant military officer-in-charge, pronounced during a same

No-Fly Zone

The Civil Aviation Authority of a Philippines pronounced a no-fly section will be implemented around Manila’s airfield when the
pope arrives, and Tacloban airfield in Leyte will be sealed to
all atmosphere trade when he visits a executive range Jan. 17.

No-sail zones were announced in Manila Bay in areas nearby the
venues a pope will visit, a Philippine Daily Inquirer
reported Jan. 11, citing a seashore guard.

Benito Lim, a domestic scholarship highbrow during a Ateneo de
Manila University, pronounced a supervision is over-publicizing its
security measures.

“The supervision should take measures to secure a pope
and a throng given attempts to kill dual pontiffs in Manila in
the past and a Paris shootings, though they should do it
quietly,” he pronounced by phone.

To hit a reporters on this story:
Norman P. Aquino in Manila at;
Siegfrid Alegado in Manila at

To hit a editors obliged for this story:
Andrew Davis at
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