All Saints’ Day observance generally peaceful


LINGAYEN—The observance of All Saints’ Day in Pangasinan was generally peaceful.

P/Sr. Superintendent Wilson Lopez , provincial police director, said there were 228 assistance hubs in place in different towns and cities manned by 1,640 police personnel tasked to ensure peaceful and orderly observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

An estimated 121,030 people reportedly trooped to the cemeteries on Nov. 1.

A Dagupan police officer directs crowd hot to block pathways. ((Punchphoto by Willie Lomibao)

Lopez said 334 road safety marshals were deployed to major thoroughfares and roads leading to the cemeteries provincewide to assist motorists.

Report received by the provincial police office said there were no significant incidents of unruliness or disorder monitored related to Undas.

Except for 39 confiscated items of bladed/pointed weapons, no alcoholic drinks, flammable materials and playing cards in cemeteries were seized.

It said the traffic management along the highway leading to Baguio City reported light to moderate in volume in Rosales, Villasis, Urdaneta City, Pozorrubio, Binalonan and Sison.

The newly-built bypass road in Urdaneta from Barangay Nancamaliran to Nancayasan, eased traffic in the Urdaneta City proper.

Lopez said although there was a shooting incident in Asingan Police Station where a detainee grabbed the service firearm of a policewoman and shot himself dead, “this cannot, however, be considered as All Saints’ Day-related incident although it happened on November 1”.

He said that the deployed policemen along the highways, cemeteries, churches and even beaches will remain in their temporary assignment up to Nov. 4.

“We remain on full alert until the visitors have returned back to their destination on November 4,” he added. (Leonardo Micua /PhilStar Wire Service)

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