Mayor Isko: Keep vendors, cars off Traslacion route

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Posted at Jan 07 2020 09:32 AM

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Law enforcers will remove cars and vendors' carts away from the route of a procession of the Black Nazarene this week, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said Tuesday. 

The policy will cover the vehicles of government agencies and the media, Moreno said, 2 days ahead of the Traslacion that draws millions of barefoot devotees every year. 

"Nananawagan tayo na iyong mga itinakdang dadaanan ng Poong Nazareno ay kailangan ma-clear of all types of obstruction... 'Pag sinabi po nating obstruction, hindi lang sasakyan; pati ho mga vendor," the mayor said in a radio DZMM interview. 

(We are appealing that the route of the Black Nazarene should be clear of all types of obstruction. When we say obstruction, we mean not just cars, but vendors.) 

Moreno also reminded his constituents that drinking liquor is banned in public places during the procession, and minors should follow a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

Millions of devotees, mostly clad in yellow or maroon, jostle every year to touch the ropes pulling the carriage of the Black Nazarene or throw white towels to wipe the statue believed to have miraculous powers. 

It is not known why the statue, which was carved in Mexico, turned black. There are myths that the original statue donated by Spanish priests was burned as a fire erupted on the ship that carried it to the Philippines in the early 17th century. 

About 80 percent of 100 million Filipinos are Catholic. The Philippines is renowned for its colorful religious rituals, and the celebration of the Black Nazarene is a tradition in the former Spanish colony that goes back more than 2 centuries. With a report from Reuters 

DZMM, Jan. 7, 2020