PH Telcos asked to suspend mobile services for Trasclacion event in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   January 8, 2020   •   1178

The Black Nazarene enters the Quiapo Church after a near 23-hour procession through Manila, Philippines, 10 January 2017. The feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most celebrated religious events in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, where more than 80 per cent of the population professes the faith. The wooden statue, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, is believed to have been brought from Mexico to Manila in 1606 by Spanish missionaries. The ship that carried it caught fire, but the charred statue survived and was named the Black Nazarene.

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) have asked the two major local telecommunications company to suspend mobile phone services in select areas during the yearly Traslacion in Quiapo being observed by the Catholic community in the country.

In a memorandum, the NCRPO and the NTC directed the Smart Communications Inc. and Globe Telecom to temporarily shut down services starting on January 8 at 11 p.m. until 12 noon on January 10 in select areas.

“In view of the request of Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas, you are hereby directed to temporarily cut off all network services during the celebration of the feast of Black Nazarene 2020 from 11:00 p.m. January 8 to 12:00 noon January 10, 2020,” the memo read.

“There shall be no signal, direct and/or reflected, in the area specified in the order/directive, coming from any cell sites (base stations),” it added.

In compliance to the directive, Smart Communications posted an advisory on Facebook stating areas which will be affected by the temporary network service shutdown.

“In the interest of public safety, upon the instructions of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), we are temporarily shutting down mobile phone services of Smart, TNT, and Sun in Quiapo, Manila along the route of the Black Nazarene Procession starting Wednesday, 08 January 2020,” it said.

“We are also temporarily stopping the operation of some of our cell sites in parts of Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Malabon, Caloocan and Quezon City that are near the procession route,” it added.

The company assured its subscribers that services will be restored as soon as it gets a go-signal from the authorities.

Globe Telecom has yet to respond to the memo.

The Traslacion event held every January 9 draws thousands of Catholic devotees to Quiapo, enduring hours of walk for the procession.

More than 13,000 police officers will be deployed to the event to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the procession.

Authorities have also implemented a suspension of permit to carry firearms outside of residence in Manila starting 8 a.m. January 7 until 8 a.m. January 10.

The gun ban covers Quiapo, Sta. Cruz and Binondo areas in Manila.

Only on duty policemen and other members of the law enforcement agencies are allowed to bring their service firearms in the said areas.

Road closures will also be implemented along the Traslacion route.

Classes in schools and work in offices under Manila City government have also been suspended in anticipation of the large volume of Catholic devotees who will participate in the event. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP chief Cascolan eyes Danao as next NCRPO head

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Camilo Cascolan on Wednesday said he is considering Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr to be the next head of the Metro Manila police.

In a TV interview, Cascolan said Danao is competent and suited to lead the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

“Well, whether NCRPO or CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) is good but I would rather choose him for NCRPO because he is much better in the NCRPO,” he said.

Danao is the current chief of the Police Regional Office 4A and served as former head of the Manila Police District.

In response to Cascolan’s remark, Danao said he is ready to serve and do his best in whatever capacity.

“Rest assured that in whatever capacity I will be in, this representation, will always do its best to enforce the law without fear and favor, maintain peace & order, prevent and control crimes, and ensure public safety & internal security with the active support of the Community,” he said in a message to UNTV News.

Meanwhile, Cascolan said he is still evaluating the performance of current NCRPO director Major General Debold Sinas, adding that he could possibly be promoted to a higher position.

“Of course, the guy deserves also an evaluation and of course a promotion too. He has done good things and that’s all I can really say,” he said.

The PNP chief Sinas could be designated as directorial staff where he can put to use his expertise in training and recruitment of police personnel.

“I think he needs to be up to the directorial staff or in a certain position that is fit mostespecially for it. I believe he is an expert most especially with regard to training to personnel and training of recruits,” he said. “Debold is also a seasoned officer wherein he experienced a lot of things.”

Cascolan also revealed that he canceled the ‘midnight’ appointment of several PNP officials, which he said were made by former PNP chief Archie Gamboa a few days before his mandatory retirement.

He, however, refused to provide any details about the concerned officials and their positions. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Metro Manila police beef up security after deadly Jolo bombings

Robie de Guzman   •   August 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been placed under heightened alert following the deadly explosions in Jolo, Sulu, its chief Police Major General Debold Sinas said Tuesday.

In a press briefing, Sinas said they have also intensified their intelligence gathering and coordination with their counterparts in the Mindanao region to monitor the entry to Metro Manila of anyone possibly involved in the Jolo bombings.

“We also coordinating with our counterparts in ProArm lalo na sa Jolo area at sa Region 9, and let’s go back to our dialogue to our Muslim brothers and sisters na andito sa NCR so that they can help us prevent the same incident,” he said.

He also said that police officers have also strengthened their patrol operations in establishments such as train stations, malls, grocery stores, terminals, places of worship and other places of convergence.

“Sa ngayon pinaigting namin EOD K9 natin. Dati tig-iisang aso lang bawat distrito, ngayon tig-dalawang aso araw araw na bawat distrito,” he said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa has condemned the deadly blast allegedly perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Monday’s twin blasts at Barangay Walled City in Jolo killed 14 people – seven soldiers, one policeman and six civilians – and injured 75 others.

The first explosion occurred just before noon beside Paradise Food Shop while the second blast transpired an hour later about 100 meters away from the first blast site.

Gamboa said he has directed the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to beef-up police checkpoints in the region as well as police visibility as they intensify their intelligence gathering and coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the pursuit operations of those behind the attack.

The PNP chief also urged the public to remain vigilant and to report to authorities any suspicious events or individuals for immediate action. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Globe Telecom says mobile data services in NCR fully restored

Marje Pelayo   •   August 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Globe Telecom announced on Wednesday (August 5) that its mobile data and broadband services in the National Capital Region (NCR) are now fully restored.

Globe users turned to social media after days of fluctuating Internet connections especially those working at home and having online classes.

In its advisory, the company asked its customers to refresh connections by turning off and turning on their devices again.

In an earlier advisory, Globe Telecom said it was having some technical issues thus its clients in the NCR experienced intermittent or slow data service.

Image may contain: text that says 'Globe CUSTOMER ADVISORY FOR GLOBE MOBILE AND BROADBAND CUSTOMERS We would like to advise our mobile customers in NCR that their mobile data services are now fully restored. Broadband services in Luzon are likewise restored. Customers within the said areas may now continue to access the internet use their mobile data. Please refresh your connection by turning OFF and then turning again your mobile device or modem. Thank you for your patience and understanding.'
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