Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Gambling, loud music banned in C. Luzon cemeteries

By Tonette Orejas Inquirer News Service

Game cards and stereo sets using loud speakers are banned in Central Luzon’s cemeteries on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, a top police official in the region said.

The rule applies to all 483 cemeteries in Central Luzon’s seven provinces on Nov. 1 and 2 so the occasion would be remembered solemnly, said Senior Supt. Perfecto Palad, deputy regional police director for administration.

Palad said they issued the order on the request of Catholic lay groups in the region.

He said even singing, using portable karaoke machines, has been banned in memorial parks.

Palad said the police would continue doing body, bag and vehicle searches for firearms, explosives, knives and liquor in line with the police’s antiterror and anticriminality campaigns.

“Expect extra tight security,” said Palad, quoting an order from Chief Supt. Alejandro Lapinid, regional police director and chair of the multi-sectoral Oplan Kaluluwa in the region.

The police on Friday also established assistance centers in cemeteries along the Manila North Road (MacArthur Highway) from Bulacan to Tarlac, Maharlika Highway from Bulacan to Nueva Ecija, and Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road from Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales.

The centers are staffed with paramedics, radio operators and mechanics from civic groups.

At least 5,000 policemen and 450 police recruits, augmented by barangay peacekeeping action teams, would be fielded starting Friday to beef up security in bus stations in the regions.

“I hope the commuting public would bear with us while we check bags and cargoes for weapons,” Palad said.

Additional policemen would also be stationed in shopping malls where people are expected to flock.

At the same time, the police would keep a tight watch on key installations like airports, oil depots and telecommunication towers to prevent “possible sabotage by communist rebels and terrorists.”

“We won’t allow them to disturb the holidays or even sow terror,” Palad said.

The Central Luzon police’s hotline for assistance or alert for any unusual incident is (045) 860-2490.
OLONGAPO CITY RESIDENTS MAY DIAL 117 if calling from a landline or 224 5643 if using a celfone (since dialing 117 from a cp will connect you to NDCC)
DIALING 222-2206, 223-8016, 222-5401 and requesting to be connected to Oplan Kaluluwa will have you connected to onsite Command Center at Olongapo Public Cemetery.
Residents are also advised to tune-in to DWGO 1008AM for up-to-date information during Oplam Kaluluwa


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