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Rallies in Katipunan and PICC will be managed by MMDA enforcers.

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) continues to deploy its enforcers to handle crowds and vehicular traffic in Metro Manila demonstrations, the most recent of which took place at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and along Katipunan Avenue.

MMDA Chair Romando Artes said in a Laging Handa briefing on Friday that the MMDA is working closely with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to manage the rally at the PICC, which will host the National Board of Canvassers during the official election ballot counting.

“Hindi po makaabala sa daloy ng traffic ito pong mga pagra-rally na ito, mina-manage po natin ang traffic.” (We control traffic and the rally so that motorists are not inconvenienced.) To avoid congestion, we also reroute certain vehicles to different roads),” Artes said.

He added that 60 traffic officers will be stationed along Katipunan Avenue on Friday afternoon to supervise the “thanksgiving” gathering led by presidential hopeful Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

“Wala po tayong pagsasara na gagawin sa Katipunan dahil ito naman po ay nasa loob ng Ateneo compound,” said the student. The parking lots of Miriam College and Ateneo (We won’t close Katipunan Avenue because the rally will be conducted inside the Ateneo campus.) The rallyists will park in the Miriam College and Ateneo parking lots),” Artes stated.

To avoid traffic congestion, MMDA traffic officials will focus on preventing a “spillover” of rallyists in Katipunan Avenue, he said.

To reduce inconvenience, he further recommended motorists avoid Katipunan Avenue and take alternate routes.

He also reminded rallygoers to obey traffic laws, whether they were walking or driving to the location.

“Sundin po natin iyong directives ng mga enforcers na atin pong itatalaga nang sa gayon ay hindi naman po tayo makabala sa iba pang mga motorista,” Artes added.

The Leni-Kiko camp’s rally was moved from Liwasang Aurora at the Quezon Memorial Circle to Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City on Thursday.

The Leni-Kiko camp stated in a statement that the change occurred after the Quezon City local government refused to give a permit because the initial venue was “not acceptable” for holding the political rally.

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