Kalibo, Aklan cops on full alert for Ati-Atihan fest
MANILA, Philippines—The police in Western Visayas police have stepped up its security measures for the week-long Ati-Atihan festivities, which will kick off on January 10 until January 14.
Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan, regional director of Police Regional Office 6, said Tuesday in a statement that police in Kalibo town in Aklan province are on full alert status as foreign nationals, tourists, dignitaries, and Filipinos from different regions are expected to participate in the “mother of all festivals.”
The Ati-Atihan festival is an annual tradition honoring Santo Niño or Infant Jesus. Taken from the name of Aetas or Atis, the Ati-Atihan also celebrates the primary settlers of Aklan.
Although the festivity is centered in Kalibo, the towns of Altavas, Batan, Ibajay, Makato, Malay, Malinao and Boracay Island will separately observe the annual feast.
Designating tasks groups composed of the police and law enforcement agencies, Angan said the police are on the lookout for lawless elements that might take advantage of the festivities.
“Security for our visitors is our top priority that is why we laid our security plans ahead to address what else we need,” he said.
The Regional Police Director added that additional troops from the Regional Public Safety Battalion 6, Iloilo Police Provincial Office, Antique Police Provincial Office and Capiz Police Provincial Office will be sent to the festivity to augment local police force in the province.
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