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Over 80,000 visited religious sites in Zambo during Holy Week


The Zamboanga City Police Office yesterday reported that 78,300 Catholic devotees have trooped to the Abong-Abong Park in Barangay Pasonanca and 3,800 visited Monte Santo in Barangay Lumayang during the observance of the Lenten Season.

Police PIO, Sr. Insp. Shellamie Chang disclosed that the numbers have more than doubled compared to the previous year.

“Most of the devout Catholics have visited the fourteen stations of the Cross from March 29 to 31,” Chang said.

She added also that there were no major incidents that occured during the observance of the Holy Week.

“Si tiene man minor lang and manageable. Our Regional Police Office 9 headed by Chief Supt. Billy Beltran and our City Police Director, Sr. Supt. Neri Vincent Ignacio wish to thank the Zamboangueños for the support and cooperation extended to the police and military authorities that resulted to the peaceful celebration of the Lenten Season,” Chang continued.

She said that a total of 1,500 policemen and 500 trainees and new graduates, plus soldiers from Task Force Zamboanga and force multipliers provided security to the thousands of residents who visited the park for the celebration of Holy Week.

Meanwhile, Mayor Beng Climaco said she will have to toughen measures in next year’s observance of the Holy Week in Abong-Abong.

“Based from observation, the most vulnerable sectors are the senior citizens and children who suffered from the heat of the sun. So next year’s Lenten Season I will have to toughen and include in the executive order to protect these sectors who were affected during the celebration,” Climaco said.

The mayor commended the police, military, barangay officials including the residents for a very peaceful observance of the Lenten Season. (Elinor Fernandez)

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