Police to strictly enforce ‘no backpack’ policy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:47

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro said yesterday that the police will strictly implement the prohibition on backpacks in Abong-Abong’s 14 Stations to the Cross on April 1 to 4.

In the regular weekly press briefing Monday with Mayor Beng Climaco, Casimiro said the police will not allow anybody to enter the place bringing back pack.

He said they will advise backpack people to deposit them  at the entrance as they will assign personnel to guard the said bags.

The prohibition on backpacks is included in Executive Order 110 issued by Mayor Climaco as part of the security measures in the Holy Week pilgrimage site in Abong-Abong.

Aside from the prohibition on backpacks, bringing of firearms, blade weapons, selling and drinking of liquor and other intoxicating drinks, audio/video equipment and playing loud music are also prohibited.

Casimiro appealed the public to follow the executive order and cooperate with the authorities to ensure peaceful Holy Week.

Yearly during Holy Week, thousands of Catholic devotees troop to the Climaco Freedom Park for their Lenten rituals.

The operation plan for the Holy week, prepared by the police and military authorities in coordination with the City Government is primarily to guaranty law and order in traffic and movement of people as well as to ensure somberness as people reflect on the passion and crucifixion of Christ, authorities have to enforce an operation plan.

Mayor Climaco has directed police authorities and all agencies concerned to strictly enforce the executive orders. — Dan Toribio and Sheila Covarrubias