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NCRPO chief declares the Black Nazarene feast generally peaceful

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Director Guillermo Eleazar said this year’s Traslacion (transfer) of the image of the Black Nazarene had been generally peaceful as it concluded early Thursday.

The NCRPO noted no major untoward incidents during the feast of the Black Nazarene which drew almost 1.4 million devotees.

Eleazar said there were zero crimes during the feast and he was glad of the cooperation extended by various stakeholders and agencies.

“Based on our assessment, it’s better now than before, with the result of peace and order situation and with the result of injuries and casualties, it has been orderly compared to last year but we would like to improve for traslacion 2020,” he said.

“No untoward incident, no casualties except for 740 devotees who got minor injuries and were provided medical assistance. Basically, it was generally peaceful,” he added.

It took about 21 hours and 7 minutes to complete the 6.15-kilometer procession route of the Black Nazarene. The procession was expected to last for almost a day given its very slow pace due to the huge crowd and flock of people waiting along the procession route.

“We are not really concerned about the travel time as our consideration is for this to be orderly. They (devotees/hijos) owned this activity/program. Everything went well because all concerned agencies did their respective jobs,” Eleazar said.

“We deployed around 7,200 police. I would like to commend the police and the media who were with us. Our police stayed for more than a day, no changing of clothes, no sleep, no rest,” he added.#