MANILA, Philippines – Telecommunication network giants Globe and Smart will cut their services during the procession commemorating the traslacion of the image of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo on Tuesday, January 9.
The National Telecommunications Commission had approved this precautionary move following the recommendation of the Philippine National Police.
Here are the areas where the mobile signals will be temporarily shut down starting 5 am:
The telecom companies did not indicate the exact duration of the signal jamming. Smart said in a statement that it will go back to normal operations once authorities give a go signal.
The PNP recommends jamming communications signals for big public events like the Black Nazarene traslacion celebration for the sake of public safety, aiming to prevent any possible violent attack. (LIST: Safety tips for Nazareno devotees)
Authorities are doubly alert this year as the celebration of the image of the mulatto Jesus comes on the heels of the country recovering from a terrorist takeover of Marawi City in Mindanao.
At least 18 million devotees are expected to attend the procession on Tuesday, hoping to reach the image of the wooden Christ believed to grant prayers when touched. – Rappler.com
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.