Monday, September 19, 2016

Peñafrancia festivities more peaceful this year -- Naga City police

NAGA CITY, September 19, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- "This year's celebration has been assessed to be far more peaceful than the previous years' festivities."

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This is the statement of SPO2 Toby Bongon, Information Officer of the Naga City Police Office following the celebration of the Peñafrancia festivities.

"The procession of the images of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia and Divino Rostro from metropolitan Cathedral towards the'danlugan', then along the Naga River towards Basilica Minore, took shorter time compared to the previous ones."

"This is probably because of less unruly 'voyadores' this time, which is very remarkable, despite of growing number of them (voyadores) yearly," Bongon told the media.

He added, "Despite of the recent threat on terrorist act, this year's estimated number of spectators, devotees, tourists, visitors, pilgrims, to include the regular residents of Naga City, is more or less two (2) million individuals, which is a bit bigger than the past year."

Bongon said this could be attributed to the well-planned security measures by the PNP together with other agencies as part of the Joint Operation Center for Peñafrancia 2016. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

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