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Police to counter festivals terror risk

Many events this month around the country to celebrate the Baby Jesus

Police to counter festivals terror risk
Part of a Nazarene procession
ucanews.com reporters, Manila
Philippines

January 10, 2012

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A top policeman said today his force will remain busy countering potential terrorism during further January festivals after the Feast of the Black Nazarene passed off peacefully overnight. National Police chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome said there were many festivities this month in honor of Santo Nino (child Jesus). The most popular of these are the Sinulog in Cebu, Dinagyang in Iloilo, Ati-Atihan in Aklan, and the Feast of the Santo Niño in Manila’s Tondo district on January 15. Father Maglore Placer, parish priest of Boracay Island, said January should be declared as the month of Santo Nino. “The declaration of January as Santo Nino month should be complimented by the Catholic Church and the state,” said Fr Placer. Jocelyn Evangelio, spokesman of the Boracay Ati-Atihan Tribal Organization, said the community is grateful that their practices are being integrated into the Santo Niño festivities. “We see it as an encouraging experience as we feel that our customs are being respected and preserved. We hope that the festivity will continue for many more years,” said Evangelio.
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