Police: ‘Undas’ in Oro generally peaceful-A A +A
Friday, November 2, 2012
THE observance of All Souls’ Day in Cagayan de Oro on Friday was peaceful and orderly despite the thousands of Filipinos who flocked to the cemeteries to pay respect to their dearly departed.
Police Superintendent Antonio C. Montalba, deputy city director for administration of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), told Sun.Star that there was no significant untoward incident reported during the commemoration of “Undas.”
“Medyo gamay na ang tawo sa mga cemeteries ug luag pud kaayo ang traffic but expected na ni nga situation kay naandan naman nga sa petsa uno sa hapon paingon sa gabii ang daghan og tawo,” Montalba said.
He said police personnel and barangay tanods were guarding cemeteries to check visitors of sharp objects, liquor, and glass bottles.
Traffic enforcers were also deployed in cemeteries to facilitate traffic and enforce parking restrictions.
However, roads within the vicinity of cemeteries were still congested.
Security and police visibility were also intensified in various convergence areas such as churches, malls, transport terminals, seaport and airport.
At the Bolonsori City Cemetery in Camaman-an, barangay tanods confiscated two bottles of liquor from a group of visitors.
“Mas disiplinado na karon ang katawhan nga mosulod sa mga sementeryo especially nga daghan kaayo mga polis nagbantay so medyo careful na pud sila,” Montalba added.
He attributed the generally peaceful and orderly situation to the advance preparations laid out by police units to ensure safety of motorists, commuters and the public in general.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on November 03, 2012.