Traslacion of Black Nazarene faster than previous years

Marje Pelayo   •   January 9, 2020   •   424

The Black Nazarene is taken on a procession as Catholic devotees flock around to mark its feast day in Manila, Philippines, 09 January 2020. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines — This year’s Traslacion of the Black Nazarene moved faster than in previous years, according to authorities.

From the starting point at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, devotees were able to cross and reach Ayala Bridge and Palanca Street for almost five hours only specifically from 4:00am to 7:00am.

This year, the Andas was escorted and surrounded by police personnel forming the so-called ‘andas wall’ to ensure the safety of devotees.

The police force was divided into sectors, each headed by a police colonel or lieutenant colonel managing their team.

Upon reaching Ayala Bridge, the police let the devotees take control of the procession up to Arlegui Street.

From there, the andas took Nepomuceno counter flow to Concepcion Aguila street then to Carcer Street until it reached Plaza del Carmen.

The andas also passed through Bilibid Viejo Street;
Gil Puyat;
P. De Guzman;
Hidalgo Street;
Quezon Boulevard;
Palangca Street;
Quezom Bridge;
Villalobos Street;
and Plaza Miranda to its destination in Quiapo Church.

Several devotees, however, complained why the plan did not let the andas pass through the underpass in Quezon Bridge.

Authorities blocked the said underpass with a barricade.

“All areas were closed. They said we cannot cross there,” said a devotee from Cavite, Vivencio Agumbay.

“The road is closed even that passage at the side of the church,” lamented Danding Santos from Bulacan.

Several road closures annoyed devotees who were eager to see the Andas.

Some of them tried to knock down the barricade at the Quezon Bridge underpass.

They even attacked and broke the windshield of a police vehicle.

Despite the aggression, the police personnel remained calm and exercised maximum tolerance in dispersing the devotees. – MNP (with reports from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

Magulang ng mga batang lumalabag sa curfew at ‘di nagsusuot ng face mask, ikukulong – Mayor Isko

Robie de Guzman   •   July 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala si Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso na papanagutin ang mga magulang ng mga batang mahuhuling lumalabag sa mga ordinansa ng lungsod gaya ng curfew at pagsusuot ng face mask sa gitna ng coronavirus crisis.

Ayon kay Domagoso, inatasan na niya ang Manila Police District (MPD) at Manila Social Welfare Department na hulihin at ikulong ang mga magulang ng mga menor de edad na hindi sumusunod sa mga nabanggit na ordinansa.

Ang hakbang ay kasunod ng mga ulat ng mga batang inaabutan ng mga otoridad sa kalsada kahit dis-oras na ng gabi at wala pang suot na face mask.

Sa datos ng MPD mula Marso 15 hanggang Hulyo 13, nasa 1,039 na ang nahuling lumabag sa Ordinance No. 8644 o ang Mandatory Use of Face Mask in the Public.

Nasa 9,367 naman ang nadakip dahil sa paglabag sa Curfew Ordinance. Karamihan sa mga nahuling pagala-gala sa kalsada sa oras ng curfew ay mga menor de edad.

“Kaya ngayon ang focus ng manila police district sa implementation ng curfew ordinance natin pati yung magulang kakasuhan natin yung mga pabayang magulang,” ani Police Brigadier General Rolando Miranda, MPD director.

Sa ilalim ng City Ordinance No. 8243 o ang Anti-Child Endangerment Ordinance, maaaring maharap sa multang P5,000 o kaya ay hanggang anim na buwang pagkakakulong ang isang magulang na napatunayang nagpabaya sa kanyang anak na may edad na 12 taong gulang pababa.

Multang P3,000 o kaya’y tatlong buwang pagkakakulong naman para sa mga magulang na nagpabaya sa kanilang mga anak na may edad 13 hanggang 14 taon habang P2,000 naman ang multa o isang buwang pagkakapiit ang parusa sa mga magulang na magpapabaya sa kanilang anak na may edad 15 hanggang 17 taong gulang. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Manila, Muntinlupa cut curfew hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2020

The cities of Manila and Muntinlupa on Tuesday (June 16) announced they will shorten their curfew hours.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso adjusted the city’s curfew hours from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am as the restrictions for business operations eases. The previous schedule was set from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City will impose a new curfew schedule which will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-102 which will also impose penalties to curfew violators.

The ordinance also states that Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) and those whose work involves delivery of essential goods and services are exempted in the curfew.

First-time violators will have a penalty of P500 while penalty will increase to P1,000 for succeeding offenses. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Manila, Grab PH partner up to hire 2,000 displaced tricycle, motorcycle riders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2020

The Manila City Government has partnered up with Grab Philippines to hire 2,000 displaced tricycle drivers and motorcycle owners who also lost their jobs to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said the “Grab-Manila Socio-economic Recovery Initiative” will provide economic opportunities to affected residents and businesses of the global pandemic.

“Dalawa ang matutulungan nito: ang mga trabahante at tsaka ang mga negosyo. Doon naman sa mga natanggap na at matatanggap pa, pagbutihan po ninyo ang trabaho, (It will help two things: the worker and the businesses. Those who are already hired or will be hired, work hard)” he said.

Meanwhile, Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu said this is their way of giving back to the city of Manila.

“We want to help those merchants get into the digital world and boost their sales,” he said. AAC

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