Lockdown set for Obama's inauguration

Posted at 01/19/09 12:58 PM

The streets of Washington D.C. are getting busier for the coming landmark inauguration of America’s first African-American President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

ABS-CBN North America News Bureau correspondent Rodney Jaleco reported that “Washington D.C. will go into lockdown starting at 2 p.m.” Tuesday.

“All the main bridges going in and out will be closed, and the only way to get in will be through metro trains and public buses,” Jaleco reported Monday afternoon on ANC’s Dateline Philippines.

Jaleco reported that the US Secret Service has declared the Presidential Inauguration as a “national security event”. This means that the Secret Service will be commanding military and police forces to secure the inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Joe Bidden.

Jaleco was in Washington D.C. to cover the performance of Filipino singing sensation Charice Pempengco.

He said Charice earned a standing ovation “for her passionate rendition of God Save America” during the 23rd birthday commemoration of martyr and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Obama looks up to King as one of his heroes.


“The celebration was considered part of the Obama inauguration activities that culminates on Tuesday when President Obama and Vice President Biden are sworn into office,” Jaleco said.