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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mobile ‘prisons’ await today’s miscreants

TO keep scalawags off the streets and to maintain the solemnity of the Sinulog Grand Parade today, the Cebu City Government has prepared four mobile detention cells.

Two will be fielded along major roads, while the other two will be placed on standby.

Councilor Dave Tumulak, Sinulog executive committee chairman, said that they will also arrest litterers and rescue drunkards.

“Let this be a warning to all the spectators, especially those that plan to drink, to please do it outside the 300-meter radius (of the carousel). We just don’t want to preempt any untoward incidents,” he told reporters.

The detention cells, which are converted buses manned by the police, will be stationed on Osmeña Blvd., the Basilica del Sto. Niño and on Juana Osmeña St.

Those detained can only go once they pay the penalties or they sober up.

In 2016, an estimated 90,000 people joined the post-parade party that lasted until dawn. Some got injured after they were shoved by drunk revelers.

Aside from public drunkenness, Tumulak also reminded revelers on environmental city ordinances, particularly on proper waste disposal.

Around 400 barangay environmental officers will be fielded today around the parade route to apprehend those who do not throw their trash in designated areas.
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