Mandaue City 'generally peaceful' during Christmas

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The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) said that Mandaue City was generally peaceful during the Christmas celebration.

In an interview with Police Major Zosimo Jabas, chief of the Operations and Management Unit of MCPO, he said on Christmas day, there were no reported cases of firecracker lighting or selling and fireworks display in the city.

This in contrast to 2019, where they have confiscated 2,000 pieces of piccolo, 920 pieces of binggala and 160 pieces of pop-pop.

On the day after Christmas Day, the streets of Mandaue City were relatively clean as there were no firecracker wrappers seen anywhere.

Jabas also said only petty crimes were reported during the celebration, such as public intoxication. Cases of theft were also reported before Christmas week.

Jabas said they also received complaints about the loud music, especially neighbors singing karaoke. At 10 p.m., however, an hour before the curfew, these families already stopped their videoke machines.

Although there were gatherings during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Jabas said it was only within their family's residence.

Jabas said the pandemic had an impact on the public's compliance with protocols implemented during this Yuletide season.

Barangay officials also helped the public strictly implement the protocols at the barangay level, the official said.

Jabas said they are set to prepare their monitoring for the coming New Year's Eve celebration on December 31, 2020. (KFD)