THOUSANDS of people on Friday flocked to cemeteries in the southern part of Metro Manila as the country observes the All Saints’ Day.
Southern Police District (SPD) Director Chief Supt. Jet Villacorte reported that as of 11 a.m. 36,139 people crowded cemeteries in the cities of Pasay, Taguig, Las Piñas, Parañaque and the town of Pateros.
The crowd was 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 Paranaque Public Cemetery.
It was 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.
In Pateros, Garden of Memories Memorial Park had 500 visitors; Sta. Martha Pateros Catholic Cemetery 1,200; San Roque Catholic Cemetery 250 and Aglipayan Cemetery 200.
Villacorte said no untoward incidents were reported and authorities continued to confiscate items banned in cemeteries.
Villacorte said that as of 11 a.m., police had confiscated 22 bladed objects , six flammable materials, and three bottles of liquor.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO