The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered the suspension of the permits to carry firearms in Manila for the Feast of Black Nazarene on Monday (Jan. 9).
"I would like to announce the suspension of all Permits to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) in the City of Manila for 48 hours, effective 8:00AM of Sunday, January 8, 2017 until 8:00AM of Tuesday, January 10, 2017, as an added security measure for the Feast of the Black Nazarene," PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Thursday evening.
"This suspension will have the effect similar to a gun ban imposed during elections and special events wherein only members of the military, police and law enforcement agencies while on duty and in uniform are authorized to bear firearms," Dela Rosa added.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will strictly implement such a prohibition.
A "no fly zone" was also declared over the skies of Manila on Monday.
The "Traslacion" or the procession of the replica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila is expected to generate some 15 million devotees on Monday.
Source: Philippines News Agency