Sunday, 6 January 2013

PIA News Dispatch - Sunday, January 6, 2013

Palace says PNP coordinating with City officials and church leaders to ensure solemnity and safety of the Feast of the Black Nazarene

 MalacaƱang assured on Sunday that the Philippine National Police was on top on the preparations and 100 percent ready to safeguard the millions of Catholic devotees who will troop to the Minor Basilica of Quiapo in Manila to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Wednesday, January 9.

 Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, in an interview aired over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, said that the Philippine National Police was in “close coordination” with Manila City Hall officials, church leaders and the Metro Manila Development Authority to ensure the solemnity and safety of the occasion and the devotees.

 “Our officials of the Philippine National Police led by our NCRPO Chief Leonardo Espina has been in close coordination with the local government unit as well as the church officials of Quiapo to make sure that this year’s procession and celebration will be solemn and safe,” Valte said.

 She called on the devotees to keep their children and personal belongings such as cell phones and jewelry at home. She also asked those who are not up to joining the procession due to sickness or age to “sit this one out.”

 This year’s procession of the Black Nazarene commemorates the 406th feast of the “traslacion“ or the transfer of the Black Nazarene image from the Recollect Church in Intramuros, Manila to the Quiapo Church in 1787.

 An estimated 11 million devotees are expected to join this year’s procession. PND (rck)