As part of measures to secure Pope Francis during his Jan. 15-19 Apostolic Visit to the country, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said that air cover and sniper teams will be posted along Roxas Blvd. on the day of his arrival.
He made this statement during Tuesday's New Year Call by key military officials at the AFP Commissioned Officers' Club in
. Quezon City
Catapang said the airspace along the stretch of
Roxas Blvd. will be
cleared of all aircraft except those involved in securing the Pope.
The Pontiff is scheduled to arrive late in the afternoon of Jan. 15 at Villamor Air Base,
He and his convoy will proceed to
Roxas Blvd. toward the Apostolic
Nunciature in Malate, . Manila
Catapang said sniper teams will be posted on six or eight high-rise buildings along the path of the Pontiff's entourage.
The AFP chief said that these sniper teams will monitor the area for possible threats and if needed, to neutralize them.