Observance ‘generally peaceful’ –BCPO
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) yesterday reported the recent All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day observances were “generally peaceful.”
In a statement forwarded by BCPO spokesperson, Police Chief Inspector Sherlock Gabana, the estimated crowd visiting various public and private cemeteries in the city numbered around 34,600 on November 1 and 18,300 on November 2.
With around 264 police personnel and other force multipliers, they did not record any major criminal incidence during the duration of the observance.
The BCPO also confiscated a total of 72 pieces of assorted pointed and bladed objects, most of whom were owned by cemetery workers.
Gabana explained, the said items were returned once owners proved they were only being used for cleaning tombs.
The police assistance desks placed at various cemeteries also catered to concerns from the public, while deployed personnel assisted in the flow of traffic.
Gabana added, peace and order was also achieved thanks to continuous information dissemination, distribution of flyers, and crime prevention tips by police personnel, as well as cooperation from the public./DGB, WDJ