Sunday, January 8, 2012

terror prevention

Cellphone signals jammed, 15K cops on full alert for Nazarene Feast to counter terror threat


Malacañang on Monday confirmed that it asked the telecommunication companies to temporarily disconnect their services in the route of the Black Nazarene procession.
In a text message to reporters, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said "this is part of the security measures agreed upon during the meeting on Sunday." 
She added this was confirmed by Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome.

Bartolome told reporters, "Actually pinag-uusapan lagi 'yun dahil there’s always a possibility na magamit but hindi ako privy kung anong oras at kung anong area."

He added the measure is for the security of the devotees: "Kapakanan ng marami ang binabantayan dito."
President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday revealed that local terrorists groups are planning to disrupt the celebration. 
15k cops on full alert
Some 15,000 police personnel were also ordered deployed on "full alert" for the Feast of the Black Nazarene, President Benigno Aquino III said Monday.
In an entry on his Facebook account, Aquino said ambulances and six hospitals in Metro Manila are on standby to attend to the devotees.
"Around 15,000 policemen on full alert are deployed today for the feast of the Black Nazarene. Ambulances and six hospitals in Metro Manila are on standby, while K9 units will be in areas where the procession will pass," he said.
He reiterated his advice to devotees "not to bring cellphones, weapons, and fireworks" in attending the procession.
Aquino said the yearly procession of the Black Nazarene, whose image is believed to have miraculous powers, is "expected to last for 10 to 12 hours."
Police secured the devotees early Monday, but ground commander Senior Superintendent Fidel Posadas declined to talk about the supposed terror threat.
The procession started on a festive but slow note after a Mass celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle. –KG, GMA News



  1. I want to attend this event but it’s scary because a lots of people around. Hehe!