Ahong backs holding of Misa de Gallo, police say they’re ready
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines– Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said he is in favor of holding the traditional Misa de Gallo starting on December 16, 2020, despite the threat of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to Chan, he is not against the holding of Dawn Masses as long as the health and safety protocols will be properly observed.
“Same as what we did sa atong fiesta, mo-observe gihapon ta sa social distancing. In every seat, makita man nato sa lingkuranan sa simbahan nga taas man kaayo na, mosud na ug walo kabuok, siyam kabuok, pero gi-allow nato tulo ra gyud kabuok,” Chan said.
Misa de Gallo or Simbang Gabi is an inherent part of every Catholic during the Christmas season.
Police Colonel Arnel Banzon, director of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO), said that the city’s police force is prepared to implement the necessary security measures if the Simbang Gabi will push through.
He said that he is planning to ask augmentation forces from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-7, to be deployed in different churches located in the city to ensure that health protocols are followed.
Lapu-Lapu City has around five churches on the mainland, and one on Olango Island.
Banzon also urged the public to just view Simbang Gabi masses through live streaming on social networking sites, such as Facebook if churches are already in their regulated capacity.
“Kay karon naa naman ta’y mga online nga mga misa, then perhaps maka-adjust na ang mga tawo, makasabot na,” Banzon said./rcg
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