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Metro police force on full alert for Black Nazarene feast


MANILA, Philippines—The entire 15,000-strong police force in Metro Manila was placed on full alert on Monday to secure the annual Black Nazarene procession in Quiapo, Manila, amid a terror threat disclosed by President Aquino.

All available forces of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will be deployed along the procession route that will take the miraculous Black Nazarene image from the Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo church where throngs of devotees are expected to converge.

In a statement, Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome said he has placed the NCRPO under the highest full alert “as part of a comprehensive security and public safety plan” for the Black Nazarene procession.

He said he has instructed the NCRPO chief, Director Alan Purisima, to field all available mobile and foot patrol units around Quiapo and along the procession route.

No details were given about the terror plot announced by the President in a news conference in Malacañang on Sunday afternoon.

Bartolome joined the President in Quiapo on Sunday to assess final security preparations for the procession, which has been expected to draw some nine million devotees.

They were also joined by officials of the NCRPO, Manila Police District, the Manila city government and the Metro Manila Development Authority.

The PNP said it has requested the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Coast Guard to augment the police K-9 units “for security screening and threat detection measures.”

The MPD director, Senior Superintendent Alex Gutierrez, said unruly persons and those found under the influence of drugs and alcohol would be immediately evicted from the procession.

The MPD has also prohibited the use of any firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

Bartolome urged devotees not to bring children and the elderly to spare them from the hazards of a big crowd.

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  • Manuel_II

    Again, what a waste of resources for an Pagan Rites, LOL

    Can we stop this news now, its obvious no one is interested here, only the fools go to that processions, and not everyone is a fool.

  • just_anotherperson

    Viva Señor Nazareno!

  • Nagagalitna

    itong yong mga tao na konyari mga banal at ilang beses magdasal sa isang araw pero normal sa kanila ang mag hasik ng lagim sa kapwa at pinagmalaki pa pagnakapatay…anong klaseng demonyo meron sa mga taong ito.

  • vargassantiago24

    Viva Señor Nazareno! Sa mga hindi naniniwala bahala kayo. Pagan daw o, wala kase kayo ng ganito sa reliheyon nyo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BVBI2XBLI4XK76PNI3AF6XF6JY Smith

    Manuel II & Abdullslam,

    Get a life.

    • Manuel_II

      Born and Raise as Roman Catholic <<<

      Current Status, Non-Practicing Roman Catholic,

      Go back to your Piece of wood, maybe the wood will give you something, Idolatry biatch you are the one who should get a life, LOL

  • basyong

    lahat ng pulis aktibo ngayon sa pangongotong? buhay na buhay ?

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