AGENTS of the National Capital Region Police Office have rolled up a massive security measure in Manila and all roads leading to Quiapo as authorities expect at least six million devotees to participate in the Black Nazarene procession or Traslacion today.
NCRPO director, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas the other day directed all five NCRPO District Directors to further step-up their anti-criminality operations in their areas specifically on roads leading to Manila.
The operations include the conduct of strict checkpoints, Oplan: Sita, Oplan: Bakal, Oplan: Sita of Riding-in-Tandem; implementation of city and municipal ordinances; and visibility patrols.
Sinas likewise ordered concerned officials to dialog with the community to help rescue criminal incidents relative to Traslacion 2020.
The NCRPO and the Manila Police District headed by Brig. Gen. Bernabe M. Balba on Tuesday enforced a Manila-wide gun ban with the suspension of all Permit-to-Carry-Firearms-Outside-of-Residence in the city. The suspension of PTCFORs in Manila specifically in Quaipo, Sta. Cruz and Binondo district will last until 8 a.m. Friday.
Sinas said that on orders of Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant Gen. Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, they are fully implementing the gun ban in Manila as part of their effort to ensure that the city will be free from firearm-related incidents this week and help protect all Traslacion participants as well as local and foreign tourists.
Sinas also ordered the filing of administrative charges against policemen found or will be found skipping their Traslacion duties. As of yesterday, some police commissioned and non-commissioned officers have been found to have ‘abandoned’ their posts while the rest of their colleagues were performing their duties to the hilt.
At least three police lieutenants were ordered subjected to a pre-charge investigation by the PNP Internal Affairs Service for staying in an air-conditioned room of the City State Hotel near Quiapo Church during the Nazareno Thanksgiving procession last December 30 although they were supposed to be manning their posts in the area.
PNP inspectors have been ordered to inspect the deployment of all Traslacion cops and have identified a number of policemen who were ‘missing’ in their posts during actual accounting.
Meanwhile, telecommunications companies Globe and Smart announced that they will cut off signal in Manila and other nearby areas during the holding of the ‘Traslacion 2020,’ based on orders from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
The suspension of signal for mobile and WiFi, which is reportedly being implemented for purposes of security, will begin at around 11 p.m. of January 8 and will end in the morning of January 10, once the annual procession of the Black Nazarene is over.
‘In compliance with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) order, there will be a temporary loss of mobile, Globe at Home LTE and Prepaid WiFi signal in some parts of the city of Manila and neighboring areas during the Black Nazarene Procession from January 8, 11PM to January 10, the advisory from Globe said.
Smart meanwhile said that areas in Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Malabon, Caloocan and Quezon City may also be affected.
‘In the interest of public safety, upon the instructions of NTC, we are temporarily shutting down mobile phone services of Smart, TNT, and Sun in Quiapo, Manila and along the route of the Black Nazarene procession on Wednesday, 08 January 2020,’ Smart said in its advisory.
‘We are also temporary stopping the operation of some of our cell sites in parts of Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Malabon, Caloocan and Quezon City that are near the procession route’, it added.
With Itchie G. Cabayan