Security, traffic scheme in place for Nene Pimentel's wake

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Soldiers carry the casket of former Senate President Nene Pimentel after the C295 plane carrying his remains arrive at the Laguindingan airport Wednesday afternoon, October 23, 2019. (PJ Orias)

SECURITY measures and a special traffic scheme are put in place from October 23 to 25 for the arrival and vigil of the late Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. whose remains arrived in Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday, October 23.

From 1 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Friday, October 25, there will be a road closure on Capistrano street, particularly on Chaves Street to Gaerlan Street, and also in Hayes street, particularly from Rizal street to Burgos street.

All vehicles going to Barangay Carmen from Capistrano will take a left turn to Chavez street, then right turn to Rizal street. Vehicles from Carmen going to Divisoria will take a left turn to Tiano Bros. St., and proceed to its destination.

Security is, meanwhile, tight at the City Hall to ensure a peaceful wake of the late senator.

Police are deployed in the area to conduct frisking of the visitors from all over Mindanao.

Government officials from all over Mindanao, including former mayors and city officials, are expected to visit the wake.

"Ubay-ubay nga police atong i-provide for security gikan pagsundo sa airport to clear sa dalan," Police Major Evan Vinas, spokesperson of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), said.

On the first vigil, the necrological service was sponsored by the judiciary, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Public Attorney's Office, and the National Youth Commission.

Another necrological service was led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Army, Coast Guard, and members of the media.

Pimentel's remains were brought by an aircraft of the Philippine Air Force plane C130 and landed in Laguindingan airport Wednesday afternoon, October 23.

He was then brought to city tourism hall where a three-day public viewing is arranged.


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