Security for APEC
Leaders’ Meet most challenging aspect of hosting summit, says organizing
MANILA, Nov. 9 (PNA) -- The director-general of the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 National Organizing Council (NOC) on Monday
asked for public understanding for the security measures being undertaken to
prepare for the APEC Leaders’ Summit next week.
Ambassador Marciano Paynor, Jr. said the security considerations for the
leaders' meeting this year is the most challenging aspect of hosting the
"The challenges are twice or three times more (compared to the 1996
hosting)," Paynor said during a press briefing in Malacañang.
"More than anything else, there are security considerations. ‘Yun ang
hinihingi namin na pang-unawa ng ating mga kababayan na bisita natin sila,
kailangan natin silang pangalagaan."
He noted that the security threats against some of the 21 leaders of the
APEC economies are not domestic, but external.
Compared to the security measures undertaken during Pope Francis' visit to
Manila in January this year, the NOC director-general said pressure for the
APEC preparations is "much more".
The security consideration, he added, is at the "highest level".
During the briefing, Paynor sought public understanding during the leaders'
meeting on November 18 to 19 because of the expected heavy traffic in
certain parts of Metro Manila.
The government has appealed to the public to avoid closed roads and follow
rerouting schemes during the leaders' week.
Paynor said that despite the challenges and the pressure to keep the
meetings secure, it is high time for the Philippines to host another APEC
Chinese President Xi Jinping has just confirmed attendance to the APEC meet,
following the confirmations by US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, among others.
There is an expected 10,000 delegation coming to Manila for the APEC
leaders' week. (PNA)