PUBLIC and private cemeteries in Cebu City were peaceful during All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days following the national government’s order to close them to prevent mass gatherings.
Personnel of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) noted that only priests and their acolytes were present in cemeteries in order to hold masses for the dead.
Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, CCPO deputy director for operations, said aside from a few shooting incidents that occurred in some parts of the city, the Nov. 1 and 2 observances were generally peaceful.
“With most of the city’s cemeteries mostly closed during those days, no major incidents were reported during those dates,” Parilla said, in Cebuano.
But Parilla said some of their personnel caught some people trying to enter public cemeteries to offer candles and flowers but they were prevented from entry.
They eventually understood their personnel’s plea and immediately left the cemetery, Parilla added.
Local police will remain on guard duty in all public and private cemeteries in the city until Nov. 4.
Last September, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) issued Resolution No. 71 which orders a mandatory closure of all cemeteries and columbaries nationwide from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 or during the days before, on and after All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day as a way to prevent mass gatherings during those two important holidays. (AYB)