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Manila police: Expect heavy traffic during Poe proclamation rally on Tuesday

The Manila Police District’s traffic enforcement unit on Sunday advised motorists to expect heavy traffic on Feb. 9, Tuesday along the southbound lane of Quezon Boulevard near Plaza Miranda during the proclamation rally of presidential hopeful Senator Grace Poe and running mate Sen. Francis Escudero.

In its advisory, the Manila police said heavy traffic would likely occur in the historic area from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

It said participants to the rally may park their vehicles at the multimodal bus terminal in the vicinity.

Poe’s campaign manager, outgoing Cebu Rep. Ace Durano, apologized in advance for any inconvenience the event may cause, but said that traffic enforcers from the Manila Police and marshals will be deployed to ensure traffic flow and peace and order.

"We appeal to the public for understanding of the expected heavy traffic situation during the PGP (Partido Galing at Puso) proclamation rally,” he said in a statement.

The Manila city government has granted a permit for the Poe-Escudero tandem’s proclamation rally, which is expected to last for three hours starting 4 p.m.

Durano said anyone who supports the candidacy of Poe, Escudero and their senatorial bets are welcome to attend the event.

Poe and Escudero are expected to be joined at the proclamation rally by their senatorial candidates: Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, former Sen. Richard Gordon, lawyer Lorna Kapunan, actor Edu Manzano, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, migrant workers’ rights advocate Susan Ople, ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao Jr., Sen. Ralph Recto, Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto, and former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Plaza Miranda is the same venue where Poe launched her senatorial bid in 2013, and where supporters of her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., gathered in 2004 to show their support  at the height of the disqualification issue against him.

Poe herself is facing several disqualification cases before the Supreme Court over residency and citizenship issues. — Xianne Arcangel/BM, GMA News