By Junex Doronio
January 8, 2023
CEBU CITY — Citing that there was no untoward incident on the opening salvo of the two-week celebration of the Sinulog festival, city officials here have shut down the police proposal to temporarily shut down the cellphone signal during the solemn foot procession on Saturday, January 14, and the grand parade on January 15.
CCPO Director Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog said this prompted the security task force of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO 7) to meet again to finalize their security preparations for the annual traditional religious festival of the Cebuano Catholics.
He noted that signals were not jammed during the “Penitential Walk with Jesus,” the opening salvo of the Fiesta Señor 2023, on Thursday, January 5, which was attended by hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholic devotees.
Dalogdog also bared a plan to ban the consumption of alcoholic beverages along the route of the Sinulog Grand Parade at the South Road Properties on Sunday, January 15.
Mayor Mike Rama has yet to issue an executive order (EO) on the proposed liquor ban.
The CCPO chief added that if the liquor ban pushes through, the City Government will have to issue a special permit to business establishments serving liquor like restaurants and bars, but still subject to the mayor’s approval. (ai/mtvn)