Security tight for Miss Universe: MOA Arena a 'no-fly zone'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The police and military secure the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena ahead of the Miss Universe grand coronation on Monday.

Members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are all around the pageant venue on Saturday, two days ahead of the coronation.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Oscar Albayalde said a total of 1,858 police personnel will be deployed for the event.

More than 300 of them will be assigned inside the arena to ensure the safety of the candidates and those who will watch the pageant live.

Two Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams will also be ready to respond to any untoward incident.

Forces from the military and the coastguard will augment the security force.

"The coordination is very critical here. We need coordination between us and the security inside, and the management and coordinators of the Miss Universe," Albayalde said.

The NCRPO has not monitored any imminent threat to the Miss Universe pageant.

But Alabaylde said the police remains on high alert due to the possible retaliation of ISIS-inspired terror groups in Mindanao, after government troops killed the leader of terror group Ansar Al-Khilafa in an encounter in Sarangani on January 5.

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"There is always that possibility of a retaliatory act. Especially now na merong namatay na leader sa kanila (Especially now that one of their leaders died)," Albayalde said on Friday.

Drones, weapons prohibited

All 15,000 expected guests will be required to pass through metal detectors before going inside the venue.

Five X-ray machines are placed in all entry and exit points, to search for prohibited items such as sharp objects and weapons.

Although cellphone signals are usually jammed in huge events such as the Back Nazarene procession, cellphone signals won't be cut-off for the pageant.

However, helicopters and drones will not be allowed within the 1 km radius of the arena, which authorities have declared a "no-fly zone" from 11 a.m. on Sunday to 1 p.m. on Monday.

Since the pageant will be held early Monday at 8 a.m., traffic re-routing won't be implemented.

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Guests are also not allowed to bring in food and drinks, but these can be bought inside the arena.

First aid stations have been set up at the mall's parking lot as early as Saturday.

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Ivy Saunar and Digital Producer Eimor P. Santos contributed to this report.