THE DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) will strictly monitor churches for youths that could disrupt the Misa de Gallo on December 16, 2022.

“Amo napud bantayan ning mga magtapok-tapok na mga batan-on nga ang purpose lang didto kay magsamok or kanang mag-riot (We are going to monitor groups outside the churches especially the youth who will either cause public disturbance or riots),” Maj. Catherine dela Rey, DCPO spokesperson, said in an interview with the Davao City Disaster Radio on December 5, 2022.

Dela Rey said they will also coordinate with the barangay tanods to assist their personnel in monitoring the youth.

“Mailhan man pud nimo sa mga lihok sa mga batan-on. Pauli na lang mo kung di gyud mo manimba (We suggest that you just stay at home if you’re not really serious about going to church),” she said.

Dela Rey said with the eased restrictions, more Dabawenyos may be visiting the churches for the Misa de Gallo.

“Wala naman gud tay limit sa pwede mosulod sa mga simbahan, unlike sa mga previous years nga dili pwede ang mga bata, open na sa tanan (This year we will no longer limit people from going to church, unlike from the previous years, where kids are not allowed),” she said.

However, to ensure the safety of the churchgoers, Dela Rey said in the previous interview that they are going to deploy a total of 7,000 personnel for the 41 churches in the city including 600 augmented auxiliaries.

“Hopefully mahimo gihapon og zero-incident ang kaning atong mga events (We are still aiming for zero-incident for this year’s celebration),” she added. KSD