MANILA - The Marikina City government deployed more female police officers in cemeteries in Marikina City to ease altercations which are prevalent during All Souls' Day, said city Mayor Marcy Teodoro Thursday.
Women are better at handling arguments brought about by confiscation of prohibited materials and heavy traffic in cemeteries, including the 36-hectare Loyola Memorial Park, Teodoro told reporters.
“Para iwas-argumento tayo, alam mo ang Pilipino hindi nakikipag-away sa babae. Ang babae mas magaling mag-paliwanag,” he said.
(We can avoid altercations because Filipinos usually avoid bickering with women. Women are also better at explaining things.)
Around half a million people are expected to visit the dead in Loyola cemetery on Friday, the mayor said.
To help ease traffic, the usual re-routing scheme with one-way traffic going to Loyola has started at 12 noon Thursday with vehicles leaving Marikina for Quezon City taking J.P. Rizal St. and Marcos Highway.
The re-routing scheme will stay until 6 p.m. Sunday.
As of Thursday noon, no untoward incidents have been reported in the city's 5 public and private cemeteries, Teodoro said.
“Hopefully hangggang bukas at sa mga susunod na araw [din],” Teodoro said.
(Hopefully it will remain that way tomorrow and in the coming days.)