By Jaimie Rose Aberia
Millions of people who visited their departed loved ones in cemeteries in Manila observed a peaceful “Undas,” authorities said Wednesday.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Oscar Albayalde, who checked the situation at the Manila North Cemetery with Manila Police District (MPD) Director Joel Coronel, said that police were on alert level even if there was no clear or present danger.
“Wala tayong nakukuha na clear or present danger, or terror threat although we always assume that the terror threat in Metro Manila is high, para palagi tayong nakaalerto,” Albayalde said.
Aside from the four incidents of children being separated from their parents, no major incident was noted by the police.
Despite the intermittent downpour, Albayalde said that they had expected at least 1.5 million people at the Manila North.
Authorities confiscated prohibited items at the entrance of the cemetery.
As of 12 noon Wednesday, 108 bladed weapons, 378 flammable materials, and 26 gardening materials had been confiscated.
The items, MPD Station 3 chief Arnold Thomas Ibay said, will be returned upon their exit.
Meanwhile, the Manila Health Department (MHD) offered free Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) testing inside the cemetery.
Angela Dogillo of MHD said this is the second time that MHD conducted the free testing because they wanted to take advantage of the crowd during “Undas.”
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