Drinking spree along Tondo streets not allowed

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Saturday, January 18, 2014


THE Manila Police District (MPD) said it will strictly implement an ordinance banning liquor drinking along the streets and sidewalks of the city as Tondo residents celebrate on Sunday the feast of the Holy Child Jesus, more popularly known in the country as Sto. Niño.

The ban, which aims to prevent any commotions or misunderstanding among the residents and guests during the celebration, was also a result of a series of consultations with the Sto. Niño de Tondo Church, said Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo, head of the MPD district community relations.

Margarejo said drinking in public places and streets in Tondo during the feast had caused violence and commotions in the past.

He advised residents and their guests to drink inside their houses or designated places or establishments.

“Yung inuman sa labas kalimitan ay nauuwi sa gulo, lalo na pagdating ng dulo, 'pag puro lasing na ang mga may handa at kanilang mamimista,” Margarejo said.

Meanwhile, environmental watchdog Eco Waste Coalition asked the public to ensure the event will not be shrouded by garbage again.

They also warned that colorful “banderitas” or buntings adorning the streets of Tondo contain high levels of lead.

Eco Waste said buntings are "highly visible" along the streets of Albuquerque, Asuncion, Juan Luna, Lakandula, Moriones, Padre Herrera, Padre Rada and Raja Matanda.

The watchdog also urged community leaders to show good example by using reusable cloth drapes instead of disposable bunting to decorate the church for the feast.

Other areas in the country also celebrate the patron's feast, especially in Iloilo, Aklan and Cebu, where people dance in the parade as part of their devotion to the Sto. Niño. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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