Thousands cram cemeteries in Southern Metro Manila

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THOUSANDS of people on Friday flocked to various cemeteries in the southern part of Metro Manila in observance of All Saints’ Day.

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Southern Police District (SPD) Director Chief Supt. Jet Villacorte said as of 11 a.m. at least 36,139 people went to various cemeteries in the cities of Pasay, Taguig, Las Piñas, Parañaque and the town of Pateros.

The crowd was estimated at 2,500 at the Pasay City Roman Catholic Cemetery; 6,000 at the Pasay Public Cemetery; 5,000 at the Manila Memorial Park; 1,875 at the Loyola Memorial Park and 1,500 at the Parañaque Public Cemetery.

Also, the crowd was estimated to have reached 3,000 at the Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Las Piñas; 2,500 at the Heritage Park; 2,000 at Libingan ng mga Bayani; 1,000 at Tuktukan Cemetery; 500 each at Hagonoy Catholic Cemetery; Bagumbayan Cemetery and in Aglipayan Cemetery all in Taguig City.

In Pateros, Garden of Memories Memorial Garden has 500; Santa Martha Pateros Catholic Cemetery has 1,200; San Roque Catholic Cemetery has 250 and Aglipayan Cemetery has 200.

Villacorte said that as of press time, no untoward incident was reported as roving police officers continue to be in common sight within the public and private cemeteries in their area.

He added that authorities confiscated items that are prohibited from the cemeteries, including 22 bladed objects, six flammable materials, and three bottles of liquor.

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