Security measures in place for Undas

10/31/2010 - THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is ready to provide security to Filipinos expected to flock to cemeteries in observance of the All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2).

PNP spokesman Agrimero Cruz in an interview over government-run dzRB station warned that penalties await those who will be caught in violation of city ordinances if they insist on bringing of prohibited materials.

“Paalalahanan ang mga kababayan na wag po dalhin ito ng hindi na po sila maabala at alinsunod din sa utos ng Malacanang ay sana tumalima po ang ating mga kababayan para maging sagrado ang kanilang pagalala,” he said.

Bladed weapons, intoxicating drinks, illegal drugs, gambling materials and appliances that would create too much noise like videoke machines are not allowed inside cemeteries.

Both the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are on full alert for Undas.

The police has already set up police assistance desks in cemeteries nationwide, Cruz said.

On Sunday, vehicles will no longer be allowed inside most public cemeteries including the Manila South Cemetery and Manila North Cemetery. Traffic re-routings were also put in place by the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.

Besides cemeteries, police forces will be stationed in major seaports, airports and bus terminals to provide security for those traveling to their provinces.

Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte meanwhile advised parents to accompany their children going Trick or Treat this weekend.

“Sa ating mga kababayan who will observe All Souls' and All Saints' Day, sana maging mapayapa at mataimtim ang ating pagunita sa ating mga yumaong minamahal,” Valte added (Sun Star)

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