CPPO: Sinulog sa Carmen ‘peaceful, orderly, crime-free’

EVEN though the Sinulog sa Carmen did not finish until near midnight on Sunday, January 22, 2023, it was still peaceful, orderly and crime-free, according to the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO).

Despite the thousands of people who showed up to watch the event, the Carmen Police Station did not record a single incident of pickpocketing, according to Lieutenant Colonel Mark Gifter Sucalit, CPPO deputy director for operation.

He said up to 700 police personnel from different municipal police stations and the Cebu City Police Office were deployed to the northern town.

Closed-circuit television cameras were installed along the parade route and the grand stand where the grand showdown was held.

Police also flew drones to monitor what was going on down on the ground.

“Based on record, there was no incident of pickpocketing. We had designated an alert team to respond to untoward incidents, which is why police were able to immediately arrest a drunk man who was carrying a firearm,” Sucalit said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

In the days leading to the event, police in neighboring towns conducted checkpoints to stop criminal elements from sneaking in.

On the day of the festival, police implemented strict border control and imposed a truck ban to mitigate traffic in the area.

“We expected heavy traffic because the access roads are very narrow. Nevertheless, traffic was flowing,” Sucalit said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Based on estimates of the police and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, around 150,000 people attended the Sinulog sa Carmen. (AYB/PJB)