Security measures in place for Nazarene feast – Erap

The Philippine Star| Written by: Jose Rodel Clapano, Non Alquitran| January 4, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada assured the devotees of the Black Nazarene yesterday that security measures are in place to prevent any untoward incident during Monday’s procession.

Following a meeting with Manila Police District (MPD) director Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel, Estrada announced that they would establish an Incident Command System (ICS) to deal with the huge crowd during the procession.

The MPD expects 15 million people to trek to the Quiapo Church and attend the yearly procession of the Black Nazarene also known as Traslacion, Spanish for transfer.

The Black Nazarene would be brought to the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park and would be returned to the Quiapo Church.

“We have made all the proper preparations and final coordination with different agencies involved in Traslacion. We can say we are ready to deal with emergencies,” Estrada said.

Estrada has strictly ordered the 4,995-strong MPD to double its security preparations for the annual religious activity, especially after the Armed Forces of the Philippines ( recently warned that the Maute terror group based in Mindanao could deploy members in Metro Manila to conduct bombings to divert the military operations against the terrorist group in Butig, Lanao del Sur.

The military said the Maute group could be responsible for the town fiesta bombing in Hilongos, Leyte on Dec. 28, wherein 32 people were wounded.

Coronel said the the ICS is composed of various local and national government agencies and private sector partners that aim to ensure the effective consequence management of disasters or emergencies. – Jose Rodel Clapano, Non Alquitran