In line with efforts to secure Pope Francis during his Jan. 15 to 19 visit in the country, Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado on Tuesday said that they will recommend to President Benigno S. Aquino III that a "no-fly zone" be implemented on the airspaces of
Manila, Tacloban and Palo, Leyte.
Essentially, this means that no aircraft can be allowed to fly above these cities as long as activities involving Pope Francis are ongoing.
"So far (this) is our position, to ensure the safety and security of the Pope," Delgado said.
He added that approval of the "no-fly zone" will come from the Chief Executive.
Delgado stressed that all available air assets in
, Tacloban and Palo
will be deployed to ensure maximum security for Pope Francis. Manila
Earlier, Armed Forces of the
chief-of-staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said that air cover will be provided
to the Pontiff and his convoy while trekking the estimated 10 kilometer
distance from Villamor Air Base, Pasay
City to the Apostolic Nunciature in
on Jan. 15 Manila