Police: Cebu’s Kalagkalag ‘generally peaceful’

AROUND 120,000 people in Cebu City visited the graves of departed loved ones on All Saints’ Day on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

According to Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for administration of the Cebu City Police Office, they recorded only around 5,000 visitors in the morning, but the number steadily climbed as the day wore on.

By nighttime, the number had swelled, especially in big cemeteries like in Barangays Carreta and Calamba.

Despite this, Parilla said police officers deployed in the cemeteries were able to keep everything under control with the help of force multipliers and volunteers.

It helped that the crowd cooperated by following the rules on what could be brought inside, he said.

By noon of Thursday, Nov. 3, Parilla said police officers who were deployed in the cemeteries will return to their respective units.

Local police in the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Talisay also said that the two-day observance day there was generally peaceful.

L.t Col. Randy Caballes, chief of the Talisay City Police Station, said they were able to deploy personnel to all the five cemeteries in the city to ensure that peace and order remains during the two-day observance.

He added that in their monitoring, they have not received any reports of crime incidents in any of the cemeteries

In Lapu-Lapu City, local police said they recorded any untoward incident after the two-day observance.

Judith Besas, public information officer of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, told SunStar Cebu that about 17,700 individuals visited the five public and private cemeteries in the city as of 6 p.m. on All Saint’ Day while fewer individuals were recorded as of noon on All Souls’ Day with an estimated crowd of 5,255. (AYB, BBT, MKG / PJB)