Long holiday weekend started generally peaceful
THE very long holiday weekend that commences on Thursday have started ‘generally peaceful’ in Metro Manila with authorities have yet to record any untoward incidents, a senior police official said.
National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Director Leonardo Espina, said that as of Thursday noon police in Metro Manila have not reported any untoward events taking place around the metropolis.
“Regarding All Saints and All Souls Day related incident… all police districts reported no untoward incident within their area of responsibility,” Espina said in a text messages to reporters.
The start of the long holiday weekend coincided with the yearly observance of the All Saint’s Day with thousands of Filipinos flocking in various cemeteries and memorial park in the metropolis to pay their respect to their departed ones.
Espina said that the Northern Police District (NPD), whose area comprises of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela City estimated a crowd of 20,000 people flocking at the Eternal Gardens and 5,000 at the Sangandaan Cemetery.
The Ncrpo chief added that the Manila Police District (MPD) estimated a crowd of 200,000 at the Manila North Cemetery; 15, 000 at South Cemetery; 2,500 at La Loma Cemetery and 1,500 at Chinese cemetery.
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) reported a crowd of 15,000 at Baesa Cemetery; 15,000 at Himlayang Pilipino Cemetery and 4,000 at the Holy Cross cemetery, while the Eastern Police District (EPD) reported some 2,800 at the Loyola Memorial.
Espina said the Southern Police District (SPD) reported a total crowd of 20, 000 at the Manila Memorial Park; 13,000 at Loyola Memorial Park; 20, 000 at Libingan ng mga Bayani; 18, 000 at Manila Catholic Cemetery and 500 at Heritage cemetery.
The NCRPO, which was on a high alert status for the duration of the long holiday weekend, have deployed all of its available security personnel along with force multipliers from the local community.