7200 cops to secure Traslacion 2019 – ABS-CBN News

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7200 cops to secure Traslacion 2019 – ABS-CBN News
A Philippine National Police (PNP) Particular Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team patrols the neighborhood of Quiapo church in Manila, January 3, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File



MANILA – A total of 7,200 police officers will be deployed to gain the Traslacion of the Dark Nazarene on Wednesday, Jan. 9, an annual tournament that attracts hundreds and hundreds of devotees.

Of the total, some 2,200 will come from the Manila Police District whereas 5,000 others will be sourced from varied police districts in the metro.

Metro Manila Police chief Director Guillermo Eleazar acknowledged the officers would be deployed along the procession route of the Dark Nazarene and in key areas across Manila.

Eleazar additionally told that there would be no telecommunication indicators along the traslacion route.

Drones, meanwhile, will be allowed to fly along the procession route as prolonged as operators coordinate with the police, he added.

Millions of devotees are expected to flock to Quiapo on Wednesday to affix the annual Traslacion in the conclusion that the image of the Dark Nazarene has miraculous powers.

In 2018, authorities acknowledged over 6 million devotees joined the Traslacion.

– document from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News

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