Such was the opening words of an SMS advisory from Smart sent on Saturday, January 17, as it reminded subscribers that service interruptions might be experienced again as Pope Francis concludes his 5-day visit to the country.
“This was part of gov’t security measures for the papal visit,” the SMS advisory continued.
Smart also reminded its subscribers that cellular operators may again be ordered to temporarily suspend services in Metro Manila on Sunday and Monday morning.
“Please pass on to friends,” Smart advised subscribers regarding sharing their advisory.
Cell site is reportedly to be blocked from 9 am to 7 pm on Sunday.
On Sunday, January 18, Pope Francis will go to the University of Santo Tomas for the meeting with religious leaders and the youth encounter, and to Luneta in the afternoon for the Mass.
The Pope will depart the country on Monday morning, January 19.
Telecommunication companies in the Philippines temporarily shut down their services in Metro Manila to foil any attempt that would compromise the safety of Pope Francis.
Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II said the disruptions would continue until the Pope’s departure from the country.
The request came from government, according to earlier advisories issued by telecommunication giants Globe Telecom and Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Company (PLDT). (READ: No network service? It’s for Pope’s safety, say telcos)
While they understood that the disrupted services was for the safety of the Pope and the general public attending the papal events, it would have helped if this was communicated to them earlier, netizens said. (READ: Papal visit: Netizens react to disrupted telco services). – Rappler.com
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