Prior the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo this Tuesday, there is already a partial deployment of policemen.
According to National Capital Region Police Office Director Gen. Oscar Albayalde, they will have a full deployment of police on January 8.
Albayalde revealed that 5,613 police personnel will be deployed, along with two companies from the NCR- Joint Task Force of the AFP, and a company of the Special Action Force.
The NCRPO chief insisted that they are already prepared for the event on January 9, and, currently, they have not noticed any security threats.
More than two million devotees are expected to attend the 2018 Traslacion.
“Meron na tayong partial deployment. Pero yung full deployment natin will start on 8 ng gabi. 5,613 kalahatan yung uniformed personnel natin na itatalaga diyan.” Albayalde told DZRH. “Maliban pa iyan yung dalawang kumpanya mangagaling sa Joint Task Force ng NCR ng Armed Forces of the Philippines at saka isang kumpanya coming from the Special Action Force. Yung SWAT team nila, EOD-K9 nila, at saka yung mga snipers nila. ”
Meanwhile, Albayalde also advised the public and devotees to be wary and careful during the feast of the Black Nazarene.
The police general said that the public should immediately report suspicious activities to the police.
Albayalde further added that, if possible, devotees should refrain from bringing cellphones, jewelries, and children during the procession.
In case of sickness, medical teams and ambulances will be placed at areas in Manila that is included in the route for the procession of the Black Nazarene.
“Kung tayo ay maysakit, siguro sabihan na natin yung mga member ng medical team. Meron tayong medical center sa 23th, the whole stretch ng prusisyon na iyan, at meron tayong 65 na ambulansya na naka-stand by.” Albayalde further added.