Wednesday, 08 January 2020 10:51

Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Feast of the Black Nazarene: No Types of Obstruction will be Allowed

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso wants to make the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9 to be orderly, peaceful and solemn.

Mayor Domagoso said that he will not allow any type of obstruction during the Traslacion.

Speaking in front of the media in a press conference held at the Pope Pius Building in Quiapo, Manila, on January 6, 2020, Mayor Domagoso said that he will not allow any type of obstruction during the Traslacion.

“I don’t know if it is first time for you but there is always a first time that no, no types of obstruction will be allowed. So, you think whatever you want to think what type of obstruction. When we say no, all. When you say all, it has to be clear including government vehicles,” Mayor Domagoso said.

“It may be an ambulance, it may be a police car, it may be a fire fighting vehicles or any vehicles that is being utilized by the respective agencies along the route. It has to be cleared of everything including motorcyles,” he added. 

Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso joins the Press Conference for Traslacion 2020 at Pope Benedict Building Quiapo, Manila on January 6, 2020.
Photo by Rian Francis Salamat / RCAM-AOC
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Mayor Domagoso considered as a type of obstruction are the vendors along the streets where the procession will pass by. The No Vendors Policy will be strictly implemented.

As a Catholic, he reminded the people to make the celebration solemn instead of taking advantage to raise money for gain or profit.

“So let’s make this solemn. It is about Jesus this is not about opportunity to raise ourselves economically. Ito yung time ng pagmumuni-muni and I think it’s high time or also for everyone. I’m a Catholic, if you’re a Catholic, this is the time for you to muni-muni sa buhay. Hindi ito negosyo. We just wanted a very solemn celebration. Nothing more, nothing less. Walang shenanigans,” he said.

Challenging his fellow politicians to do something new, Mayor Domagosa asked them to refrain from posting greetings on tarpaulins.

“And I’m calling all officials to refrain from greetings. All your greetings will be considered obstructions. We will tear it down. I think it’s high time also to mend our ways as politicians.  Walang mag-eepal. Mas marami pa pagbati nyo kesa sa pagbati ng tao. Everything, please, please, let’s do something new. Let’s do something we can improve it, sort of saying. We can improve it,” he said.

In addition, the Mayor warned that those devotees who will join the Traslacion but are intoxicated with alcohol will be taken out of the procession. He stressed that no one is allowed to drink on the streets even if it is the feast of the Black Nazarene, in compliance to the Manila City Ordinance 5555.

Curfew will also be implemented.

“For children 18 years below, I mean 17 years below, we’ll take care of them and then we’ll penalize the parents kasi isa sa problema natin maraming nawawalang bata nami-misplaced. Sila yung unang kawawa pag may konting aninomities, I hope pagpapasensiyahan nyo na ito naman ay mga batas na umiiral. Ang tanging trabaho ko lamang ay tupdin itong mga batas na ito. Kailangan natin ipatupad,” he said.  (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)



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