Manila Police Department (MPD) director, Sr. Supt. Joel Coronel, said Friday the city police force is conducting sustained "anti-criminality" operations on the days leading to the 'Traslacion', especially along the procession routes and their immediate vicinities, such as Ermita, Malate, Intramuros, Binondo and Sta. Cruz.
"Aggressive police operations are being conducted, particularly enforcing the law on drinking (liquor) in public places, because we would like to show the people that the Black Nazarene procession is a solemn rite. No drunks or trouble-makers will be allowed, as experienced in the previous years," Coronel said.
The procession will start at the Quirino Grandstand and proceed to Katigbak Drive through P. Burgos St., turn left to Taft Ave. through Jones Bridge, turn right to DasmariAas, turn right again towards Plaza Santa Cruz, turn left to Palanca St., turn left to Quezon Blvd., turn right to Arlegui St., turn right to Fraternal St., turn right to Vergara St., turn left to Duque de Alba, turn left to Castillejos St., turn left to Farnecio St., turn right to Arlegui St., and turn left to Nepomuceno St. (counter-flow).
It will then head for Aguila St., turn right to Carcer St., turn right to Hidalgo through Plaza del Carmen, turn left to Bilibid Viejo St. through Puyat, turn left to Guzman St., turn right to Hidalgo St., turn left to Bautista St. (Barbosa), turn right to Globo de Oro under Quezon Bridge, turn right to Palanca St., then turn right to Villalobos St. through Plaza Miranda and end up at Quiapo Church.
The MPD's Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) will close down several roads at certain hours beginning Saturday (Jan. 7) until Monday.
"Closure of some streets will be in effect as the procession approaches and will be opened immediately once the tail end of the procession passes," Coronel said, advising the public to expect "very heavy" traffic
Source: Philippines News Agency