Overnight vigil not allowed at ‘14 Stations, Cruz Mayor’ Print
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:17

City Administrator Marie Angelique C. Go appealed for public support and cooperation to ensure a solemn and peaceful observance of Holy Week even as she reiterated that overnight vigil will be allowed at the Mayor Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-Abong, Pasonanca, except at the “14 Stations and Cruz Mayor”.

Sr. Insp. Shellamae Chang, spokesperson of the Zamboanga City Police Office, explained that the security forces had recommended not to allow pilgrims to stay overnight at Stations 1 to 14 up to Cruz Mayor, knowing the heavy influx of people going there as in the past years.

“This is to give others the chance to trek up the hill (for their traditional penitence). Otherwise, if we allow them to stay overnight (up the hill), others cannot anymore go up due to limited space,” Insp. Cha explained.

She also clarified that mendicants are not allowed at 14 Stations and Cruz Mayor, and vehicles are likewise prohibited from entering the area.

Meanwhile, Chang told the press briefing Monday that all churches and police stations have their own security plans for Semana Santa, even assuring that 100% of the police force numbering around 1,500 will be deployed for Holy Week duties.

There will also be augmentation troops from the regional police headquarters and Public Safety Company plus the force multipliers.

“Our concentration are the devotion sites like Abong-Abong, Lumayang and churches,” she stressed.

The public is also reminded of the executive orders prohibiting the bringing, sale and drinking of liquor and other intoxicating drinks at the Mayor CCC Freedom Park.

It is also prohibited to bring audio/video equipment, playing of loud music and the bringing of firearms, bladed weapons, backpacks and other similar items at the park, where thousands of people mostly Catholic faithful are expected to flock on Maundy Thursday for the traditional penitence on the Way of the Cross.

Vehicular and pedestrian traffic is also regulated pursuant to Executive Order 363 which will take effect from 6 p.m. today, March 28, to 6 a.m. of March 31.-(Vic Larato)