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400 AFP personnel to augment security for ‘Traslacion’

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An estimated 400 military personnel from the major services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were committed to provide peace and security operations for the Feast of the Black Nazarene or “Traslacion” on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

AFP Chief, General Romeo Brawner Jr. said it is all systems go for the procession of the revered image of the Black Nazarene which is expected to draw around two million Catholic faithful.

Military personnel coming from the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) will be fielded along the procession route beginning at the Quirino Grandstand up to Quiapo Church to support the Philippine National Police (PNP) in enforcing law and order. They include troops from the JTF-NCR’s Quick Response Force (QRF), Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD), and K9 teams.

Meanwhile, communications teams, and over and covert security teams were pre-positioned at the Nazarene Catholic School in Quiapo, Manila to back up the AFP contingent.

Other agencies such as the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) also deployed manpower for the religious activity, which is making a comeback after a three-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Ang Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas, kasama ng iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno, ay nakatutok sa kaligtasan at seguridad ng milyun-milyon na mga deboto na dadalo sa Traslacion. Kami rin ay kikilos upang maging payapa at maayos ang natatanging pagdiriwang ng sakrispisyo at pag-aalay ng buhay ni Hesus (The Armed Forces of the Philippines, along with other government agencies, is focused on ensuring the safety and security of millions of devotees who will attend the Traslacion. We will make sure that the celebration of Jesus’ sacrifice will be peaceful and orderly),” Brawner said.

The military chief urged the attendees to take the activity seriously.

“Habang ang lahat ay taimtim na nagdarasal, kami rin ay nananawagan para sa aktibong pakikiisa ng mga namamanata na umiwas sa kaguluhan (While everybody prays sincerely, we also call on the devotees to cooperate and avoid unnecessary trouble),” Brawner stressed.

He urged the troops to draw inspiration from the devotees’ faith and use it to serve the people during the religious event.

“Patuloy tayong tapat na maglingkod at gampanan ang ating tungkulin na protektahan ang sambayanang Pilipino (Let us all serve honestly and perform our tasks to protect the Filipino people),” Brawner concluded.

The PNP earlier spearheaded the deployment of 15,000 uniformed personnel for this year’s Traslacion.

Several restrictions were implemented for security purposes including the prohibition of selling among vendors within the vicinity of Quiapo Church; wearing of hoodie jacket and caps as well as use of backpacks, water bottle, umbrella and raincoats, firecrackers and pyrotechnics; and bringing of deadly or bladed weapons.

A “No Fly Zone and No Drone Zone” policy was implemented within the vicinity of Quirino Grandstand and Quiapo Church as well as along the routes of the procession from Jan. 7 to 10 while a “No Sail Zone” at the vicinity waters of South Harbor, Manila (near Quirino Grandstand) and Pasig River started from 12 a.m. of Jan. 6 to 12 a.m. of Jan. 10.

The PNP also imposed a suspension of Permit to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) within the City of Manila effective 12:01 a.m. of Jan. 8 to 12:01 a.m. of Jan. 10 while a gun ban within the entire City of Manila was implemented from 7 a.m. of Jan. 8 to 7:00 a.m. of Jan. 10.

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