PNP: Black Nazarene procession peaceful

January 10, 2014 11:49 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 10 -– The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday declared the 19-hour procession of the Black Nazarene around the city of Manila as peaceful.

Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, spokesman of PNP Director General Alan Purisima, said the security plan laid out by various police units, particularly the Manila Police District (MPD) and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), was a success.

”Overall, the event was peaceful and the security plan was successful,” said Mayor.

More or less 1,600 individuals sustained minor injuries during the procession.

The Black Nazarene arrived at the Quiapo Church at around 1:57 a.m. Friday or almost 19 hours after it left Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park for the traditional “traslacion” or the return of the image to the church.

Authorities estimated the crowd that participated in the pilgrimage-like procession at not less than 10 million.

Reports said that close to half a million people, chanting “Viva Senior Nazareno ”, welcomed the Black Nazarene back to the Quiapo Church. (PNA)

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