The Philippine National Police declared yesterday that the observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days in the country was generally peaceful.
PNP chief Director General Ricardo C. Marquez thanked police forces across the country, especially those in Metro Manila and other urban areas, for making the occasions peaceful.
But Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor, PNP spokesman, said they remain on full alert until 6 a.m. Wednesday for the return of thousands of people who went to the provinces to visit dead relatives or for a vacation.
“Our personnel in some of the cemeteries have already been recalled as soon as crowd thinned so our concentration now is on bus terminals, airports, seaports, and major thoroughfares,” said Mayor.
“But we will be on full alert until tomorrow morning, Wednesday, because we know that our countrymen who went to the provinces are now on their way back.”
Mayor said that except for an improvised explosive device recovered in a cemetery in Jolo, Sulu, no reports of any serious incident were reported since October 31. (Aaron B. Recuenco)