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Traditional ‘simbang gabi’ starts today

September 25, 2020

first_imgThe curfew is from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.But with the simbang gabi usuallystarting at 4 a.m., policemen expect churchgoers – including youngsters – to beup and about much earlier. ILOILO City – The traditional simbang gabi starts today. It is anine-day predawn mass leading to Christmas Day. Police visibility will be maximized todeter lawless elements from striking, said Police Lieutenant Colonel JoemMalong, PRO-6 spokesperson. “We want the Yuletide season peacefuland orderly,” said Malong. “We appeal for public cooperation.” There will be “preventive patroloperations”, said Malong. The PRO-6 has 6,160 police personnel. Under Regulation Ordinance No. 2016-230, which amended Regulation Ordinance No. 2011-676, minors (those below 18years old) are prohibited from loitering beyond 10 p.m. in restaurants,nightclubs, motels, dancehalls, amusement places such as Internet cafes, videoarcades, karaoke bars, billiard halls, beach resorts and other similarestablishments.Also under the curfew ordinance, minors are prohibited from selling or vendingwhatever items (including food and beverages) even with their parents orguardians around, and its shall be unlawful for business establishments toadmit minors within their premises during curfew hours./PN ICPO advised youngsters to better gostraight to church and not loiter in public plazas. The full alert status will last untilJan. 5, 2020. In Iloilo City, simbang gabi is not an excuse for minors to flout the curfew,according to the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO). The PRO-6 will be tapping 12,917 forcemultipliers (barangay tanods, volunteers and barangay officials). Community firecracker zones would alsobe posted with policemen. The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6)is on full alert status, said Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan,regional director.last_img

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