Certain parts of Metro Manila will be closed today until tomorrow, April 29, for the state visit of the United States (U.S.) President Barack Obama.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino advised motorists to avoid passing the following areas today, April 28:
City of Manila:
- Manila Hotel
- Cultural Center of the Philippines
- Roxas Boulevard (southbound)
City of Pasay:
- Airport Road
- Andrew’s Avenue
- General area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
Tomorrow, April 29, the following roads in Taguig City will be closed starting 8 a.m.:
- Gate 3, Fort Bonifacio
- Stretch of Lawton Avenue
- Stretch of McKinley Parkway
- Stretch of Bayani Road
- There will be no right turn from McKinley Road to Lawton Avenue
In addition all four NAIA terminals will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Obama’s departure tomorrow.
Obama arrived in Manila at about 1:35 p.m. today for the last leg of his Asian tour, which aims to increase American presence in the Southeast Asian region amidst territorial conflicts with China.
His Philippine visit includes bilateral talks with President Benigno Aquino III on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, a 10-year mutual defense contract that will grant U.S. forces temporary access to Philippine bases, which was signed by defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg prior to Obama’s arrival.
Lawmakers and militant organizations have denounced the agreement, saying it is a constitutional violation of Philippine sovereignty.
In 1991, the Senate voted to remove U.S. bases in the country.