On the upcoming procession of the Black Nazarene on Monday, cellphone signals are reported to be jammed and drones will be banned.
According to reports, the AFP adopted the measure amid fears of a terror attack during the procession, which is expected to draw millions of Filipino Catholics, and following waves of bombing in populous areas across the globe.
Reported further, the decision to jam cellphone signals during the procession also comes in the wake of a bomb scare that gripped an area near the US Embassy along Roxas Boulevard last November.
Also, apart from the jammed cellphone signals, Quiapo Church, Quirino Grandstand and the route of the procession will also be declared no-fly zones.
Previously reported, in 2012 that cellphone signals were also jammed along the route of the procession after then President Benigno Aquino III warned of a possible terror attack.
Meanwhile, officials of the Minor Basilica of the Balck Nazarene earlier said around 15 million to 18 million guests and devotees are expected to flock to Quiapo Church from December 31 to January 10, 2017.
Whereas, last year, there are about 1.5 million people took part in the seven-kilometer (4.5-mile) parade, which runs from the park to the icon’s home inside the downtown Quiapo church.
Crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, the Nazarene statue was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607, early on in Spain’s 400-year colonial rule. It is believed by some to have been partially burnt and blackened when the galleon carrying it caught fire on a voyage from Mexico, another Spanish colony at the time.
January 9, 2017, Monday was also declared by the City Government of Manila for the Traslacion.