Albayalde: Heightened security in place until the last ASEAN delegate leaves

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 13) — More than 60,000 personnel are deployed in different venues to ensure the security of world leaders until the end of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on Wednesday, the Metro Manila police chief said on Monday.

National Capital Region Police Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde said heightened security will be in place until the last delegate leaves on November 15.

Despite the absence of criticial threats to the ASEAN Summit, Albayalde said the most critical part of the summit in terms of security is when the delegates are in transit.

"The most nerve wracking is their travel from Clark to Manila, or from Clark to their billet area. When they are in their billet area or in the hotels, that's quite easy already. The critical part is their travel, that more than one hour travel," Albayalde told CNN Philippines' The Source.

All 10 leaders of ASEAN countries are in the Philippines. Other dialogue partners are also in the country, including U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who all arrived on Sunday.

There will be departures of leaders beginning Tuesday, which is why ASEAN lanes designated on major thoroughfares and expressways may be closed to the public again, Albayalde said Monday.

Some of the delegates' planes landed in Clark, Pampanga while others - including Trump's - landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

ASEAN events and its related meetings will be held mostly in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City.

Rallyists are police's 'main concern'

Albayalde said another security concern are the militant groups who are protesting.

On Monday morning, police used water cannons to try and disperse more than a thousand protesters along Padre Faura street in downtown Manila. The militants tried to get past the police barricade to proceed to the CCP Complex, where the meetings are taking place.

Albayalde, in a separate interview, said the police will exercise maximum tolerance.

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Albayalde said three policemen sustained minor injuries after a brief scuffle with the militant groups meters away from the U.S. Embassy.

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