The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will deploy 2,000 soldiers to provide security for the 2019 Traslacion of the Black Nazarene on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Brig. Gen. Abraham Casis, commander of AFP Joint Task Force – National Capital Region, said that they are already on alert and will help the Philippine National Police in ensuring the safety of the devotees who will participate in the procession.
Casis also clarified that they have not monitored any threats concerning the 2019 Traslacion, which will start at the Quirino Grandstand and end at Quiapo Church, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or the Parish of Saint John the Baptist.
As part of their security preparations, S/Supt. Vicente Danao Jr., director of the Manila Police District, said that they have prohibited vendors around the Quiapo church and the route of the Traslacion.
Danao added that they will strengthen the checkpoints and increase the police presence around Quiapo church. Also, starting 6:00PM on Monday, Jan. 7, a liquor ban will be in effect until the end of the Traslacion.