Police say there was no major problem on traffic, crowd control in Pacquiao events

By: Mae Fhel Gom-os - CDN Digital Multi-Media Reporter | October 29,2021 - 10:10 AM
Manny Pacquiao

Presidential aspirant and incumbent Senator Manny Pacquiao waves to his supporters on Thursday during his visit at the commemorative marker of Redemptorist priest, Fr. Rosaleo “Rudy” Romano who was abducted in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City during Martial Law. | via Mae Fhel Gom-os

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Local police said they did not encounter major problems in controlling the crowd that flocked to events attended by Senator and presidential aspirant Manny Pacquiao on Thursday, October 28.

Police Major Janelito Marquez, chief of the Labangon Police Station, acknowledged that Pacquiao’s presence at the wreath-laying ceremony of Redemptorist priest, Fr. Rosaleo “Rudy” Romano along F. Llamas Street in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City, caused minor traffic in the area.

Apart from the people who were already in the area, Marquez said motorists also tend to stop by upon learning of Pacquiao’s presence.

“So nagkakoan ang trapiko, so naa may mga nakita nako sa mga traffic enforcers, nagpatuman sa atong kahapsay sa traffic. Ang uban napondo kay daghang nakakita og unsay koan maong nanaghan ang atong mga spectators,” he said.

“Nakontrol raman pod kay kadyot raman pod kaayo. Ang mga tawo man gud nagpondo [then] mga motorista nanan-aw kadyot,” he added.

The chief of police stressed that they reminded the spectators to practice social distancing as well.

“Atong gipangbadlong gyud nga social distancing unya kalit man gud ni kay daplin og dalan na-traffic,” he said.

For future political events, Marquez urged organizers to coordinate with the police and local government unit (LGU) so as to secure the area and implement the minimum health protocols.

Marquez, however, clarified that it does not mean that there was no coordination for the event, saying that their station received a directive from the headquarters to secure the area ahead of Pacquiao’s arrival.

Apart from them, Marquez said personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Batallion (RMFB) and Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) were also there to assist.


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