PNP enforces Manila gun ban for Black Nazarene feast


Posted at Jan 05 2017 07:09 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) will enforce a gun ban over the city of Manila, to ensure security during the feast of the Black Nazarene.

In a statement on Thursday, PNP Chief, Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa said that all permits to carry outside of residences will be suspended from 8 a.m. of January 8 to 8 a.m. of January 10.

"Total of 48 hours ito, para sa Traslacion ng ating Black Nazarene, as an added security measure," he said.

The suspension, Dela Rosa said, means that only members of the military, police, and law enforcement officers in uniform will be authorized to bear firearms.

Aside from a gun ban, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said that cellphone signals will be jammed, and drones banned during the Traslacion.

This was amid fears of a terror attack, in the wake of recent bomb scares in Manila.

The Quiapo Church, Quirino Grandstand and the route of the procession will also be declared no-fly zones.