Bladed weapons confiscated in cemeteries

POLICE confiscated a number of knives and other bladed weapons in cemeteries across Cebu City on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 as thousands trooped to honor their dead.

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Police Col. Ireneo Dalogdog however clarified that the people brought these bladed weapons to be used for cleaning the grave.

No untoward incidents were reported as of press time and there was peace and order, said Dalogdog.

In Mandaue City, the All Saints’ Day celebration also remained peaceful, said Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) deputy for operations Maj. Manuel Cabanlit.

Cabanlit said their information campaign done two weeks ahead outlining the “do’s and dont’s” in going to cemeteries which was done in coordination with the City Government and barangay officials had been very helpful.

Vendors in Mandaue were also given designated places to sell their goods to avoid overcrowding.

Contrabands

Sharp objects, alcoholic beverages, gambling materials and loud sound systems are prohibited inside cemeteries to keep the solemnity of the event.

Due to the tight security, MCPO personnel stationed at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery in Barangay Guizo confiscated a few contrabands such as thumbtacks, playing cards and scissors.

Business recovery

Meanwhile, for vendors of flowers and candles, the All Saints’ Day 2022 celebration gave them fresh hope that they will be able to slowly bounce back after suffering huge losses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Sometime around this year before Covid, I could already earn around P10,000 to P11,000 by the end of the day. Now, I am not quite sure about that. I would be grateful if I could reach at least P5,000 for my family,” said Lady Caballes, 26, a flower and candle vendor.

For Maebel Abella and her daughter Emelda, both vendors, they were both grateful despite fewer earnings.

“When the cemeteries were closed, it was hard staying home with no income,” said Maebel.

In Lapu-Lapu City, the commemoration of All Saints’ Day saw fewer crowds, said Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan.

Chan said the long weekend gave the public time to visit their departed loved ones on earlier dates.

Chan noted that during his inspection of the different cemeteries, people could freely enter and exit the area without any traffic build-up.

As of 4 p.m., Tuesday, the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) recorded an estimated 12,900 visitors in the city’s five cemeteries.

Chan said “enough” police and medical personnel were deployed in the four cemeteries on the mainland and one on Olanggo Island.

Chan asked the public to not only pray for the dead; but also for an end to Covid and for world peace. (IRT, AYB / LMY)