Holy Week in Cebu "Peaceful": Police



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Police officers in Cebu described the celebration of Holy Week this year as "generally peaceful," despite the ambush incident in Samboan involving a policeman and his brother.

The director of the Cebu Provincial Police Office, Manuel Abrugena, said the Samboan incident was "isolated" and in no way affected the implementation of its security plans.

Abrugena said she noticed that many tourists gathered on the island of Bantayan to spend their vacations there.

He said he spared no staff when it came to securing religious activities on the island of Bantayan, including the solemn procession organized by the Sto. Parish of Niño in the city of Santa Fe.

Bantayan Island also celebrates its annual holiday during Holy Week.

The police officer also ordered the installation of more police officers in larger parishes around the province.

"Generally, the peaceful celebration of the celebration of Holy Week 2019. Except for some incidents of isolated crimes, our security plan has proven effective," added Abrugena.

This year's Holy Week celebration was also peaceful in the city of Cebu.

The director of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), Royina Garma, said that although she is on leave, she continues to monitor the employment of her staff in various areas of the city.

Garma said 100 percent of CCPO staff have been on duty since Holy Wednesday, April 17.

Much of the CCPO's deployment is concentrated in large parishes to protect believers attending religious activities such as the morning mass and Sugat, or "rebuilding the passion, death and resurrection of Christ" on Easter Sunday, April 21.

The CCPO will ensure that criminals do not take advantage of people who attend religious activities, especially on Easter Sunday, he added.

"Usually peaceful. Walang (non) major incident. The usual crimes committed on ordinary days are important, "added Garma.

Police will concentrate their security preparations on beaches and resorts on Easter Sunday, as they expect many to take refuge there to celebrate the end of Lent.

Meanwhile, the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) has not recorded any crime and no incident during the implementation of the Ollas Biyaheng Ayos 2019 to ensure the safety of travelers during Holy Week.

He reported the normal flow of passengers and rolling cargo in addition to good weather and calm sea conditions.

CPA police chief Glenn Sarador said a passenger bound for Ormoc City in Leyte suffered an asthma attack but she was told she was well after receiving medical attention.

According to the Philippines Coast Guard's public information officer, Mike Encina, they have patrolled the waters of Cebu and Bohol.

He said that passenger assistance was established through Malasakit's Helpdesk in the province's ports and terminals.

"There was no unpleasant incident and all the passengers went to their respective destinations with safety," said Encina. (DE AYB, CEBU / JKV SUPERBALITE CAP, EOB)

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