8,000 cops to secure Sinulog parade

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Posted at Jan 14 2017 02:25 PM | Updated as of Jan 14 2017 05:28 PM

Sinulog grand parade. File Photo

Over 8,000 policemen will be deployed to secure the routes of the Sinulog procession and grand parade this weekend, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

Police Regional Office 7 Public Information Officer, Senior Inspector Reslyn Daposala Abella said security measures for the Sinulog Saturday procession and Sunday grand parade were already ironed out.

"We assure the public that the PNP is here and ready and we are prepared for the Sinulog grand parade celebration," she said in a phone interview on ANC's "Dateline Philippines."

Abella added that they requested the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to shut down cellular signals during the two-day celebration.

No direct or imminent threat has been monitored by the PNP, Abella said.

Police also reminded those planning to attend the Sinulog festivities to avoid bringing backpacks and use transparent bags instead.

The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is the biggest Santo Niño celebration held annually in Cebu City.