7,200 cops to secure Traslacion 2019

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 04 2019 03:32 PM

A Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team patrols the vicinity 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 secure the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene on Wednesday, Jan. 9, an annual event that draws millions of devotees.

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

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

Eleazar also advised that there would be no telecommunication signals along the traslacion route.

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

Millions of devotees are expected to flock to Quiapo on Wednesday to join the annual Traslacion in the belief that the image of the Black Nazarene has miraculous powers.

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

- report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News