Clark, AC in virtual lockdown

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    ANGELES CITY – This city of more than 300,000 people, as well as the adjacent Clark  Freeport Zone, is now in a virtual lockdown as part of the security measures  for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM-1). 

    As some 1,700 APEC  SOM-1 delegates started streaming into the  Clark Freeport, the Angeles City Police Office  (ACPO) and the Clark Development Corp.  (CDC) implemented new traffic re-routing schemes and road closures in the different  parts of the city and the freeport as the national  government  deployed some 3,740 policemen  to help secure the area. 

    First to be affected are the roads in and  around the Clark Freeport. M.L. Quezon Avenue in front of the Mimosa  Leisure Estate at the freeport which leads  to Air Force City is  now virtually closed to traffic except for APEC SOM-  1 delegates.

    Policemen  and security personnel flag down  every vehicle  for inspection and advised motorists to take  alternate routes.  The section of Gil Puyat Avenue, also in Clark, near the Air Force  City Officers’ Club is off  limits except for APEC SOM-1 delegates. 

    Scores of policemen and security personnelare also seen in every  corner. Don Juico Avenue  here just outside the freeport is blocked. Vehicular traffic is rerouted to Malabanias Road.  Scores of policemen, traffic enforcers and barangay  tanods  converge in every corner. 

    Traffic is heavy along Narciso Avenue because it is now used by all motorists going to Balibago from Friendship  Highway and vice versa.  Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan appealed to the  public for patience   and warned them to brace  for heavy traffic near the APEC affected roads. 

    This developed as  the roundabout at the  junction of MacArthur Highway in Barangay Balibago and First Street  here and M. Roxas Avenue which leads to  the Clark Freeport was inaugurated on Monday. 

    Leading the inaugural rites for the roundabout  were Mayors Pamintuan and Marino “Boking” Morales of  Mabalacat City; Bases Conversion Development  Authority  President Paciano Casanova,  CDC President-CEO Arthur Tugade, and Chairman  Eliseo Santiago as well as  other officials.

    “The roundabout  will complement the newly widened MacArthur  Highway where we have also removed the  unsightly  electric posts with dangling spaghetti wires,” said Pamintuan.

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