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MPD chief assures public all systems go for Traslacion 2019

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By Ria Fernandez

With only two days left before ‘Traslacion’ 2019, the chief of the Manila Police District (MPD) assured the public that it is all systems go for the annual procession of the Black Nazarene.

MB FILE - The carriage bearing the image of the Black Nazarene passes through sea of devotees along Quirino Grandstand in Manila during the 2016 Traslacion. (JOHN JEROME GANZON) | Manila Bulletin

MB FILE – The carriage bearing the image of the Black Nazarene passes through a sea of devotees at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila during the 2016 Traslacion. (JOHN JEROME GANZON) | Manila Bulletin

“We are all systems go this coming Traslacion activities,” MPD director Vicente Danao, Jr. said.

Around 7, 200 cops will be deployed to secure the religious event, according to the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO).

With this, 2,200 will be coming from MPD.

Signal jam will be experienced in some parts of Manila as early as 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Likewise, no sail and fly zones will be implemented.

Meanwhile, the zero vendor policy has started to take effect along the ‘Traslacion’ on Jan. 7, Monday.

Moreover, South bound land of Quezon Boulevard from A. Fugoso to Plaza Miranda as well as West bound lane of España Boulevard from P. Campa to Lerma Street has been closed to traffic since 11 a.m. to give way to the blessing and procession of replicas later at 1:30 p.m.

Motorists going to Roxas Boulevard, South Pier Zone, or Taft Avenue are advised to turn right to P. Campa straight to Fugoso Street to point of destination.

While those going to Quezon Boulevard from A. Mendoza Street shall turn right to Fugoso, left to Rizal Avenue to point of destination.

Additionally, liquor ban in the whole city of Manila will start at 8 a.m. tomorrow until the culmination of ‘Traslacion’.

Deadly weapons, firearms and firecrackers will also be prohibited from 5 a.m.

Danao reminded devotees joining the activities to refrain from bringing bags, or use only the transparent ones if unavoidable, and put drinking water in clear canister.

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