PNP, AFP adopt tight security measures in parishes, churches this Holy Week PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:18

By Jemuel E. Mojica

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Vincent Neri Ignacio has directed all the chiefs of the 11 police stations here in Zamboanga City to ensure that necessary security measures are in place in all parishes and churches under their respective area of responsibility (AOR).

Sr. Supt. Ignacio stressed that all police stations chiefs were already ordered to institute adequate security plans in churches particularly starting Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday given the fact that huge number of people are expected to attend Holy Mass and other religious activities including procession, traditional ‘Visita Iglesia’ and the early morning Easter Mass.

“As early as last week, all police station chiefs were already ordered to adopt tight security plan in all churches under their AOR to ensure security and order during the holding of religious activities in parishes and churches,” Ignacio told reporters in an interview yesterday.

Under each police station security plan, policemen and soldiers coming from the Task Force Zamboanga will be detailed round the clock in all parishes and churches.  Force multipliers particularly barangay tanods will also help police and military authorities in securing churches and other places of worship.

“We are also asking the local populace to bear with us in the strict implementation of security measures.  We also advise people to make sure that they are bringing valid identification cards especially those going to Abong-Abong Park,” the city police director said.

He said that the local police will also intensify mobile patrols and checkpoints in the different strategic areas in the city particularly the entry and exits points in Abong-Abong Park.

Thousands of devotees are expected to pray and do penance at the Fourteen Stations in Abong-Abong starting Maundy Thursday.

Devotees going to Abong-Abong Park will also be subjected to strict inspections.

Meanwhile, the PNP and AFP stressed that so far there is no intelligence report regarding any security threat in Zamboanga City during the observance of the Holy Week.-Jemuel E. Mojica