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Drones, placards, big backpacks banned from Duterte party in Cebu

/ 02:24 PM June 24, 2016
President  elect Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/EDWIN BACASMAS

President elect Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/EDWIN BACASMAS

CEBU CITY—Cebuanos attending the thanksgiving party for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday are advised not to bring big backpacks or buy bottled water outside the venue.

The advisory was issued by the organizers of the “One Love, One Nation” on the Sugbo grounds at the South Road Properties in Cebu City.

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Doris Mongaya said those attending the free concert should expect to be frisked by members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

She advised Duterte’s supporters not to bring big backpacks due to security concerns since these are large enough to contain sharp objects and even firearms or bombs.

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“They can bring those small ones (backpacks),” she added. “The bigger the bag, the longer it takes to check the items inside.”

READ: Duterte’s ‘One Love’ concert at SRP seen to draw 50K

Mongaya said umbrellas would be allowed in the venue since it might rain.

Supporters were also advised not to bring bottled water outside the venue since there were vendors accredited by PSG inside Sugbo grounds.

No placards and banners are also allowed because these would affect the line of sight of the PSG personnel while securing Duterte. Drones would be barred from flying over the venue to take photos.

“Please don’t bring the items not allowed so as not to slow down the security check at the entrance of the venue,” said Mongaya.

She added supporters of the incoming President can go to the venue as early as 2 p.m. on Saturday, two hours before the start of the concert to be showcased by at least 20 performers.

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The concert is expected to end at 10 p.m.

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