NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas yesterday reminded Catholic devotees in Metro Manila they are still barred from engaging in Holy week processions and going to Churches to hear mass as part of the government’s social distancing measures aimed at stopping the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
With President Duterte deciding to extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon, Sinas said he has ordered his men to see to it that they will stop all forms of mass gatherings including processions and masses during this week which is one of the most awaited events in the entire Christendom.
The NCRPO director said local police units are coordinating with priests in their areas and telling them to refrain from holding masses and other usual Holy Week events such as Visita Iglesia, Way of the Cross, Siete Palabras, Station of the Cross, staging of Cenaculos and the traditional ‘Salubong’ on Easter Sunday which is being attended by thousands of devotees.
“Sa ngayon, we already issued a directive na kung meron pong mass, kausapin yung mga pari. Dapat wala pa ring procession kaya dapat nating kausapin ang ating kaparian,” Sinas said.
The 2-star general said that amid the continuing lockdown, Catholic devotees in the metropolis should instead go on ‘self-reflection’ and pray hard while inside the confines of their homes.
“Huwag na po kayo lumabas, huwag na kayo magpilit kasi baka masita pa kayo ng kapulisan natin,” he said as he assured the continuing preparedness of the NCPRO to ensure peace and order during the extended ECQ.