PNP beefs up security for Feast of Black Nazarene

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has beefed up security measures for the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday (Jan. 9).

The “heightened alert status” of the PNP will remain up with the expected millions of devotees from “all walks of life” of the Black Nazarene, particularly during the “Traslacion” or procession.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday said there is no direct threats to security during the duration of the “Traslacion”.

Nevertheless, Albayalde said that as part of the security measures, the NCRPO has again recommended the installation of “signal jammer” in the route to be traversed by the image of the Black Nazarene.

The bringing of backpacks are also prohibited for those who would join the procession because they will be approached by policemen.

The NCRPO will deploy more than 2,000 policemen who will be assigned in the entire route of the Traslacion.