By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Debold M. Sinas on Wednesday reported that the first day of the traditional Misa de Gallo or “Simbang Gabi” was generally peaceful.
Sinas made this assessment based on field reports from various PNP offices in key cities across the country,
“Everything went well on Day 1, we expect it to be better on Day 2, and perhaps even perfectly best in the rest of the nine days until Christmas and through the New Year,” said Sinas.
Through the PNP Command Center, Sinas was top on of the situation in monitoring Catholic cathedrals, basilica and churches across the country.
Sinas added that church officials and local government units effectively enforced local ordinances and church policy of physical distancing, and the observance of the 30 percent maximum capacity inside churches.
The country’s top cop recently met with church officials of the Quiapo Basilica and Baclaran Church to expand areas of cooperation and coordination for security and public safety operations for church activities during the holiday season.
Police social-distancing patrollers were on hand to remind church-goers of the minimum public health standards on the use of face mask and face shield and physical distancing in public places.
Sinas also instructed his units commanders to remain maintain vigilance and readiness to respond to situations throughout the holiday season. (AI/FC/MTVN)