Palace appeals to Nazarene devotees for discipline on eve of procession

January 8, 2014 11:27 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 8 — Malacañang on Wednesday appealed to devotees of the Black Nazarene to practice discipline as they show their faith at Thursday's yearly traslacion (procession).

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda made the appeal as he said authorities will maintain health stations at strategic points of the procession route.

"This is another opportunity for them to come together and offer their supplications for the coming year. We ask them to please observe discipline," he said at a media briefing.

He also advised the devotees to rest if they feel tired during the procession, which he said may take hours.

On Thursday, devotees of the Black Nazarene are expected to flock to Manila to take part in the traslacion, which highlights the yearly event.

Meanwhile, Lacierda said there is no information of any threat to this year's festivities, though he maintained police have to be present due to the sheer number of people.

He also said there is no plan to jam phone signals as a response to possible terrorist threats. "Walang ganoong plano this year (There is no such plan this year)," he said.

But Lacierda also said there is no plan to declare a holiday in Manila on Thursday due to the expected difficulties in the flow of traffic.

"All of us learned through the years to adjust to the occasion. I am not aware of any intention to declare it a special holiday," he said. (PNA)

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