Dela Rosa, Robredo join Peñafrancia festivities in Naga

Rona Nuñez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2016 03:07 PM

Thousands of pilgrims and devotees of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, patroness of the Bicol region, flocked to Naga City on Saturday during the fluvial procession.

Before the procession on the Naga River, there was a 'translacion' procession from the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral.

Among those who participated was Philippine National Police Chief, Director General Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa.

According to dela Rosa, this was his first time to take part in the religious event.

"For my family, good health, good future for my children. Sana safe sila palagi despite sa mga threat na hinaharap namin as a family. Kasi sila, damay-damay sa trabaho ko. Sana i-spare sila sa panganib, sa threat, para hindi sila maging collateral damage sa ating trabaho," he said.

[For my family, good health, good future for my children. I wished that they always be safe despite the threats we face as a family. They are also affected by my job. I wish that they be spared from harm, threats, that come with my job.]

Aside from his personal intentions, he also has a prayer for the nation.

"Sana magtagumpay tayo sa war on drugs. Malapit nang matapos ang six months na binigay ni presidente, sana magtagumpay tayo," he said.

[I wish that the war on drugs be successful. The six-month deadline given by the president is nearing, and I wish it be successful.]

Vice President Leni Robredo, who hails from Naga City and has never missed the event, waited along the riverbank to see the image of Ina Peñafrancia.
 
"Pinakamalaki sigurong dasal para sa buong bansa, na hindi lang yung progreso para sa ating lahat. Lalong-lalo na yung katahimikan, lalo na yung dasal na sana yung mga kababayan nating naghihirap, mabigyan tayong lakas at kaalaman kung paano sila matutulungan," she said.

[My biggest prayer is for the whole country, that the progress be felt by all. Most especially for the quiet, and especially the prayer that we be given the strength and knowledge to help especially our impoverished countrymen.]

As an additional security measure, telecommunication companies implemented a signal shutdown from noon until six in the evening. Authorities also prohibited wearing hooded jackets, caps, and backpacks.

After the parade, the image was transferred to the pagoda for the fluvial procession on the Naga River. This is to bring back the images of Ina and El Divino Rostro to Basilica Minore, which serves as their home.

On the 306th year of celebrating the devotion to Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, selected security guards and vendors were given a chance to ride the pagoda and be with the image.