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JANUARY 9 - MONDAY 'BLACK NAZARENE

5:22 PM: BOMB SCARE, ARREST, INJURIES AND TRASH FIGURE AT ONSET OF TRASLACIÒN [RELATED: Faith and devotion Sea of barefoot devotees brush aside terrorist threats to fulfill vow to Black Nazarene]


JANUARY 9 -Thousands of devotees swarmed around the image of the Black Nazarene procession along P. Burgos, Manila, January 9, 2017. Religious attendees exert all effort to try and merge through the crowd to get to the Black Nazarene and eventually climb on board with the hijos to touch the image which is believed to be an act that could bring miracles and blessings. (MB Photo/Camille Ante)
 A negative bomb scare, an arrested “suspicious” man, tons of garbage and some injured devotees were among the reported cases early on during the annual “Traslacion” of the Black Nazarene on Monday, January 9. Police, however, said that those injured were mostly minor cases as no untoward incident has been reported as of 2:00 p.m. Barefoot devotees jostling their way to the “andas” or the carriage bearing the image of the Nazarene carrying the cross had reached an estimated 1.4 million as it passed through Jones Bridge. READ MORE..RELATED, Faith and devotion Sea of barefoot devotees brush aside terrorist threats to fulfill vow to Black Nazarene...

ALSO: Traslación 2017 in 360-degrees - January 9, 2017, 4:05 PM[RELATED: Black Nazarene devotees defy terror threat; 1,200 injured]


JANUARY 9 -
PHOTO: Devotees flock to the Quirino Grandstand for the traditional ‘Pahalik’  The Traslación, which is possibly the largest procession in reverence for the Black Nazarene idol, attracts millions of Catholic devotees. Every January 9, the grand procession makes its way along the streets of Quiapo, with attendees reaching up to the millions. Below are 360o videos taken by the Manila Bulletin team in this year’s Traslacion: WATCH VIDEOS...RELATED, Black Nazarene devotees defy terror threat; 1,200 injured...

ALSO:
Duterte urges Black Nazarene devotees to pray for PH

[RELATED: Archbishop Villegas hits ‘fake news’; 'that he criticized Duterte in his homily']


JANUARY 9 -President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called on the public to fervently pray for the country on the Feast of the Black Nazarene as his administration fights “injustice and lies; abuse of power; and the corruption that eats up the soul.”  In a message during the observance of the Black Nazarene Traslacion, Duterte said his administration deeply empathizes with the faith of Catholic devotees of the Black Nazarene who “resort to sacrifice every single day, while still finding a piece of themselves to honor God.” “Good fortunes are usually borne out of hard work and perseverance. Prayers are likely answered because we do not give up or get tired from asking God for the fulfillment of our heart’s desires. Such is the phenomenal expression of faith of the millions of devotees in the form of gratitude, petition, and sacrifice shown in the image of the Black Nazarene every feast day on the 9th of January every year,” the President said. READ MORE.
RELATED, Archbishop Villegas hits ‘fake news’; 'that he criticized Duterte in his homily'...

ALSO:
Devotion trumps terror
[RELATED: Faster Traslacion amid high security]


JANUARY 10 -Black Nazarene escorts, known as Hijos del Nazarenos, protecting the image from the crushing waves of devotees attempting to climb the carriage. EDD GUMBAN
More than a million mostly barefoot Catholics ignored reported terror threats and joined the annual procession of the centuries-old statue of the Black Nazarene yesterday. Manila police estimated about 1.4 million people participated in the Traslacion, the raucous procession of the Black Nazarene, a life-size statue of Jesus Christ carrying a cross. Authorities imposed a gun ban, prohibited drones and backpacks and jammed cell phone signals along the route of the procession, which was guarded by thousands of police and troops. Snipers kept watch from atop buildings.Devotees jostled around the andas, the carriage carrying the Black Nazarene, and threw towelettes at volunteers on the carriage to wipe parts of the cross and the statue in the belief that the Nazarene’s mystical powers to cure ailments and provide good health and fortune would rub off on them. READ MORE...RELATED,
Faster Traslacion amid high security...

ALSO: AFTER 22-HOUR PROCESSION - Black Nazarene back home safe despite terror threats


JANUARY 10 -Thousands of devotees try to touch the image of the Black Nazarene. (Photo by GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Despite threats of violence from various terror groups in Mindanao, thousands of Catholic devotees guided the centuries-old image of the Black Nazarene safely and peacefully back to its home the Basilica Minore in Quiapo, Manila before dawn on Tuesday. This year’s Traslacion, or procession, which started at around 5:30 a.m. on Monday at the Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta, took longer – 22 hours, or about an hour longer than last year’s. The distance from the grandstand to the church is just over 3 km. But with about a million devotees crowding the winding route through the streets of Manila, the procession proceeded at its accustomed snail’s pace. READ MORE...


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Bomb scare, arrest, injuries and trash figure at the onset of Traslacion


Thousands of devotees swarmed around the image of the Black Nazarene procession along P. Burgos, Manila, January 9, 2017. Religious attendees exert all effort to try and merge through the crowd to get to the Black Nazarene and eventually climb on board with the hijos to touch the image which is believed to be an act that could bring miracles and blessings. (MB Photo/Camille Ante)

MANILA, JANUARY 16, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) January 9, 2017, 5:22 PM By Betheena Kae Unite - A negative bomb scare, an arrested “suspicious” man, tons of garbage and some injured devotees were among the reported cases early on during the annual “Traslacion” of the Black Nazarene on Monday, January 9.

Police, however, said that those injured were mostly minor cases as no untoward incident has been reported as of 2:00 p.m.

Barefoot devotees jostling their way to the “andas” or the carriage bearing the image of the Nazarene carrying the cross had reached an estimated 1.4 million as it passed through Jones Bridge.

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While the crowd at the Quiapo Church, who came from different parts of the metropolis and provinces and settled to practice their devotion by staying and waiting there, had reached about 22, 000.

Suspicious bag

The Manila Police District-Explosive Ordnance Division (MPD-EOD) had responded to a “possible bomb scare” at Plaza Sta. Cruz at 7:30 a.m.

Police said a suspicious messenger bag was abandoned in front of Sta. Cruz Church along Ronquillo Street.

Authorities sealed off the area for about 20 minutes and checked the bag, which was later found to be containing a Black Nazarene shirt and some personal belongings.

The area, which was also a part of the Traslacion route, was reopened after an hour.

Suspicious man

Police also arrested what they described as a “suspicious-looking” man carrying a bag containing a set of keys, different identification cards and dozens of compact discs.

The arrested man remained unidentified as of press time.

He was brought to the MPD headquarters for interrogation.

Injured women

Some of the minor injuries that were reported early on was the case of three women who fell after they tried to reach the andas and “nearly got trampled to death,” said Johnny Yu, head of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO).

Yu said the women suffered bone fractures and contusions.

Seven devotees, who also attempted to climb the carriage, were also rushed to the Ospital ng Maynila when steel railings fell on them.

Hundreds of street sweepers from the Department of Public Services and Task Force Manila Cleanup were deployed to clean up and collect the trash the devotees left behind.

Children on the procession

A lot of children, mostly teens, joined the Traslacion, a familiar scene every year despite restrictions against their participation.

With still seemingly frail body to join the grueling procession, teens still made their way to duplicate the more experienced men’s practice and vow during the procession.

“Ewan ko ba ang babata pa nila, wala pa naman siguro silang mabibigat na kasalanan,” a senior devotee, who refused to be named, said while waiting for the andas to pass through Jones Bridge.

“Masasaktan lang sila, iyong iba dahil sa kaliitan naiipit, sana maintindihan muna nila iyong debosyon na tinatawag.”

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Faith and devotion: Sea of barefoot devotees brush aside terrorist threats to fulfill vow to Black Nazarene Published January 10, 2017, 12:11 AM by Betheena Kae Unite, Jaimie Rose R. Aberia, Jel Santos, Analou De Vera, and AFP


FAITH ABOVE ALL – A sea of devotees accompany the image of the Black Nazarene in the procession or Traslacion that started at the Quirino Grandstand at 5:30 a.m. yesterday and was still making its way to the Quiapo Church, as of press time. Initial police estimate placed the crowd at 1.2 million. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)

Unshaken by serious threats from terrorist groups, hundreds of thousands of barefoot devotees joined the annual Traslacion to fulfill a vow to the Black Nazarene yesterday in a grand display of faith and devotion.

The sea of devotees joined the procession from the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) – passing through the narrow streets of Quiapo, Manila – in a frenzied bid to touch a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ that is believed to have miraculous powers.

The annual Traslacion is one of the world’s biggest displays of Catholic devotion and showcases the Philippines’ status as the Church’s bastion in Asia.

Many Filipinos believe touching or getting close to the life-sized statue, which was brought to the Philippines in the early 1600s when the nation was a Spanish colony, can lead to the healing of otherwise incurable ailments and other good fortune.

“If you seek a favor it will be granted as long as you pray hard,” Lolit Gonzales, 45, told AFP as she sat on the sidewalk after taking her turn pulling on a thick length of rope that moved the statue’s andas (carriage) forward. The manicurist attributed the healing two years ago of a painful right knee, which her doctor had told her required surgery and medicines that she could not afford, to taking part in the procession at that time.

Gonzales said she had returned on Monday to ensure her knee ailment do not recur, since she had no health insurance and was the only breadwinner in her family.

‘SOLDIER OF GOD’

Angelica Dumatag, 69, of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, braved the heat of the sun and walked for miles barefoot just to express her gratitude to God.

“Eighteen pa lang ako ay deboto na ako ng Nazareno. Humingi ako ng tulong sa kanya dati at hindi niya ako binigo. Ito lamang ang tanging paraan na mapapasalamatan ko siya. (I was just 18 when I became a devotee of the Black Nazarene. I asked Him a favor before and He did not frustrate me. This is the only way I could thank Him),” she told the Manila Bulletin.

Dumatag said that her only child was very ill then when she asked the Black Nazarene for help.

Asked if she was afraid of the terror threats, she said her faith is way stronger than her fear – “Isa akong Soldier of God.”

“Mas matatag po ang pananampalataya ko sa Diyos. Alam ko pong po-protektahan Niya kami. (My faith in God is way stronger. I know that He will protect us),” Dumatag said.

Just like Dumatag, Christina Nobelas, 44, of Tondo, Manila, went to Quiapo Church to thank God for the countless blessings He has bestowed on her family.

“Wala na po akong mahihiling sa Diyos. Narito lamang po ako para magpasalamat sa Kanya. (I am not here to ask Him for anything. I am here just to thank God.),” said Nobelas, who bared having asked God for help when her husband got sick. “Kahit may mga banta man ng terorismo, hindi kami papatinag. Handa kaming mamatay (Even in the presence of terror threats, we won’t be shaken).”

LOVE OF HIS LIFE

For 47-year-old Alberto Sanchez, one of the greatest miracles that the Black Nazarene had given him was finding the love of his life.

“For 26 years na kong namamanata,” Sanchez said. He said that his parents and uncles had influence him to join the annual procession. “Sa maraming taon na namanata ako sa kanya, ang talagang magandang ibinigay nya sa’kin ay yung nahanap ko yung makakasama ko sa habang buhay, yung asawa ko at nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na makapagtrabaho abroad,” he said while sitting on a wooden chair beside the Quiapo Church.

Sanchez, who previously worked in Saudi Arabia, said he and his wife are now living peacefully in La Union with their four children. “Tuwing pista, dumadayo kami dito sa Manila. Wala na kong ibang hihilingan pa kung hindi ilayo nya sa sakit yung pamilya ko.”

Rizbon Banua, 51, who had an eye surgery two months ago, joined the Traslacion against the advice of his doctor as part of his devotion after he and his wife Edita finally had a child.

He recalled how he started praying and carrying the replica of the Black Nazarene in 2006 after 10 years of marriage without a child.

Without any success after numerous trips to the hospital and consultations with doctors, Banua recalled how he saw on television devotees telling stories of miracle.

“Nagpakonsulta kami, nagawa na namin ang lahat, pero wala pa rin kaya naisipan kong magdasal,” he said.

Despite his devotion, his prayer was not granted in a snap. It took two years before he and his wife bore a child whom they named Jesrene – a combination of Jesus Nazarene. The girl will turn nine this week.

GOD WON’T FORSAKE US

Despite the terror threat, Marife Sumayo, 21, went to Quiapo Church with her husband Edwin and two children, including an eight-month-old baby.

“We are afraid of such threats, but our faith is greater than anything else,” said Sumayo.

Marife said that they’ve been attending the feast for years, saying such was their way of thanking God for all the blessings.

“I am certain that God will never forsake His people. After all, He is God – the one in control of everything,” she said.

Edwin said that he wants two-year-old son to become a “mamamasan” (carrier of the Black Nazarene’s carriage) when he’s old enough.

From afar, 65-year-old Imelda Aputen watched as the Black Nazarene was carried through Katigbak Drive after it got out of the Quirino Grandstand.

Though she couldn’t touch or kiss the Black Nazarene due to her fragile body, she said His presence was more than enough.

Jerome delos Reyes, 41, jeepney driver, brought his wife and three kids all the way from Dasmariñas, Cavite, to witness this year’s Black Nazarene procession.

Jerome, a devotee for five years now, wished for his family’s safety as he recalled one incident that nearly cost his wife’s life.

It was February 2, 2015 when Jerome figured in an accident while he was in his jeepney.

On that fateful day, he asked his wife, who was nine-month pregnant, not to accompany him as she used to do during his trips.

And during that trip, the jeepney lost its break while a woman and a child were in front of the vehicle. To avoid the duo, Jerome opted to ram the jeepney against a tree. He escaped serious injuries.

“Deboto na ako noon at lalong lumakas ang pananalig ko dahil ang tingin ko ay iniligtas talaga Niya kami sa kapahamakan,” he said, noting that had his wife joined him tragedy might have hit them.

EXTREME DEVOTION

The pilgrims walked Manila’s concrete streets as the temperature climbed above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) without footwear as a sign of penance and to imitate a barefoot Jesus carrying the cross before he was crucified.

The statue is called the Black Nazarene because of its charred color, believed to have occurred when it survived a fire aboard a ship when being brought to the Philippines from Mexico.

President Duterte often gives conflicting signals about his religious convictions and criticizes the Church’s leaders, but he offered encouragement on Monday to those involved in the procession.

“Prayers are likely answered because we do not give up or get tired from asking God for the fulfilment of our heart’s desires,” Duterte said.

“Such is the phenomenal expression of faith of the millions of devotees in the form of gratitude, petition, and sacrifice shown in the image of the Black Nazarene every feast day on the 9th of January every year.”

SECURITY THREAT

This year’s event was held under the threat of Islamic militant attacks, with authorities reporting more than 5,700 police had been deployed to provide security.

Smart Communications temporarily shut down the operation of its cell sites in some parts of Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Malabon, Caloocan, and Quezon City that are near Manila to ensure the security of the public during the annual Black Nazarene procession. (With reports from Martin A. Sadongdong, Genalyn D. Kabiling, Leslie Ann G. Aquino, and PNA)


MANILA BULLETIN

Traslación 2017 in 360-degrees -Updated January 9, 2017, 4:05 PM

MANILA - The Traslación, which is possibly the largest procession in reverence for the Black Nazarene idol, attracts millions of Catholic devotees.

Every January 9, the grand procession makes its way along the streets of Quiapo, with attendees reaching up to the millions.

Below are 360o videos taken by the Manila Bulletin team in this year’s Traslacion:

VIDEOS:
Devotees flock to the Quirino Grandstand for the traditional ‘Pahalik’
 
https://youtu.be/82MyakwZaXg?t=57

Black Nazarene leaving the Quirino Grandstand
 
https://youtu.be/DioOglfYNsI?t=7

Traslacion 2017 in front of the Manila Hotel
 
https://youtu.be/EHdAI9zZ-0o?t=26

DEVOTEES AT 'PAHALIK'
 
https://youtu.be/och7foX4up0?t=12

Ding Mariano, 62, said old age won’t stop him from attending the annual “Pahalik.” “ ‘Pag nakahalik ka na, hindi ko maintindihan, basta liliwanag iyong paningin mo. Nandito ako kasi gusto ko lang talaga hilingin sa Panginoon na bigyan ako at pamilya ko ng magandang kalusugan. Iyon lang,” he said.

For 65-year-old Sol Bautista, from Tondo shared that it is good that a lane for senior citizens were provided this year.

“Buti nalang kasi mahirap ‘pag makipagsabayan ka sa iba. Mas mabilis itong pila na ito,” said Bautista, who first joined Pahalik five years ago. “Isa itong pasasalamat sa Panginoon. Hindi ako naghahangad na maging mayaman iyong pamilya, basta gusto ko lang magpasalamat dahil pinag-iingatan niya kami.”

Erlinda Santos, 73, from Malolos Bulacan, had her children and grandchildren join the long queue instead. “Tinatanaw ko na lang sila dito. Noong bata-bata pa ako, pumipila ako. Pero ngayon, medyo mahina na ang aking mga tuhod,” she explained.

Meanwhile, a medical personnel from Metropolitan Manila Development Authority stationed in the area have recorded at least 130 cases of health-related incidents as of 5:00 p.m.

Philip Christian Quibuyen said among the health problems they have encountered were mostly hypertension and fever among the young devotees.

Wound cleaning was also recorded since “iyong iba sa kanila, bagong opera, mostly matatanda, pero sumali pa rin sa pila,” said Quibuyen.

More people are expected at the Rizal Park before the Traslacion starts tomorrow at around 9:00 a.m. after the morning prayers.

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Black Nazarene devotees defy terror threat; 1,200 injured Written by Pat C. Santos Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00



Masses of Catholic devotees yesterday braved terrorist fears in a frenzied bid to join a religious march, defying government warning of a possible terror attack on the annual festival.

This event was held under the threat of Islamic militant attacks, with authorities reporting more than 5,700 police had been deployed to provide security.

Earlier in the day, the Manila Police District-Explosive Ordnance Division (MPD-EOD) responded to a bomb alert at Plaza Sta. Cruz where a suspicious bag was abandoned in front of Sta. Cruz Church.

Authorities sealed off the area for about 20 minutes and checked the bag, which was later found to be containing a Black Nazarene shirt and some personal belongings.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa has said repeatedly in recent days that extremists who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group may try to stage an attack.

But the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) clarified that there was no imminent threat to the religious event. “We have not found any clear and present danger on any terror act or group that may cause violence during the Traslacion,” said NCRPO director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde.

He added intelligence units have not monitored the presence of the Maute terror group and other extremists in Metro Manila.

Mobile phone services, however, were cut in various parts of Metro Manila that include Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Malabon, Caloocan and Quezon City that are near Manila to ensure the security of the public during the annual Black Nazarene procession.

In a statement sent to media early Monday morning, Smart said, “For public security reasons, upon the instructions of the National Telecommunications Commission and the Philippine National Police, we will temporarily shut down mobile phone services in Quiapo, Manila and along the route of the Black Nazarene procession on Monday, January 9.”

Encouragement

President Rodrigo Duterte, for his part, yesterday offered encouragement to those involved in the procession.

“Prayers are likely answered because we do not give up or get tired from asking God for the fulfilment of our heart’s desires,” he said.

“Such is the phenomenal expression of faith of the millions of devotees in the form of gratitude, petition, and sacrifice shown in the image of the Black Nazarene every feast day on the 9th of January every year.”

According to the Chief Executive, his administration has deep empathy for the core of faith that pushes the masses of Filipinos to resort to sacrifice every single day, while still finding a piece of themselves to honor God.”

Injuries

As the procession continued into the night, the Philippine Red Cross said its medical staff had attended to more than a thousand of devotees who suffered minor injuries or fell ill during the procession.

Around 1,200 people have experienced dizziness, hypertension, difficulty in breathing, abrasion/laceration, sprain, and unconsciousness were given treatment by health personnel in the area, it added.

Despite the risks, many Filipinos believe touching or getting close to the life-sized statue, which was brought to the Philippines in the early 1600s when the nation was a Spanish colony, can lead to the healing of otherwise incurable ailments and other good fortune.

“If you seek a favor it will be granted as long as you pray hard,” Lolit Gonzales, 45, told AFP as she sat on the sidewalk after taking her turn pulling on a thick length of rope that moved the statue’s carriage forward.

The Manila manicurist attributed the healing two years ago of a painful right knee, which her doctor had told her required surgery and medicines that she could not afford, to taking part in the procession at the time.

Gonzales said she had returned to ensure her knee ailment did not recur, since she had no health insurance and was the only breadwinner in her family. Ted Tuvera, AFP and PNA


INQUIRER

Duterte urges Black Nazarene devotees to pray for PH By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net / 10:20 AM January 09, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called on the public to fervently pray for the country on the Feast of the Black Nazarene as his administration fights “injustice and lies; abuse of power; and the corruption that eats up the soul.”

In a message during the observance of the Black Nazarene Traslacion, Duterte said his administration deeply empathizes with the faith of Catholic devotees of the Black Nazarene who “resort to sacrifice every single day, while still finding a piece of themselves to honor God.”

“Good fortunes are usually borne out of hard work and perseverance. Prayers are likely answered because we do not give up or get tired from asking God for the fulfillment of our heart’s desires. Such is the phenomenal expression of faith of the millions of devotees in the form of gratitude, petition, and sacrifice shown in the image of the Black Nazarene every feast day on the 9th of January every year,” the President said.

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READ: Nazarene devotion: Portrait of a nation

“We are neither exhausted by praying constantly nor do we ever falter in expressing our religious fervor,” he said.

“Despite the passage of time, we relentlessly fight against injustice and lies; abuse of power; and the corruption that eats up the soul,” he said.

READ: Duterte to death penalty critics: ‘What if there’s no God?’

Duterte, fulfilling his campaign promise, has waged war against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption since he assumed office in July.

READ: Ex-addicts to join ‘traslacion’

His brutal drug war, with the police as front-liners, has drawn criticisms and condemnation from different sectors as the number of deaths has risen to more than 6,000.

“My administration has deep empathy for the core of faith that pushes the masses of Filipinos to resort to sacrifice every single day, while still finding a piece of themselves to honor God—whose image we recognize in the man of Nazarene, who carried his cross to redeem the rest of humankind,” he added.

“In His tears, we see our sorrow; and in His agony, we find our solace and strength to triumph against the most insurmountable odds. Through our fervent prayers for the country, let us join the Catholic faithful in the passionate observance of the Feast of the Black Nazarene,” Duterte said.

The religious procession in the city of Manila attended by approximately 15 million devotees is still ongoing. IDL

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Archbishop Villegas hits ‘fake news’; that he criticized Duterte in his homily
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Archbishop Socrates Villegas (CBCPNews)

MANILA, Jan. 4, 2017— Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has denied a newspaper report that he criticized President Rodrigo Duterte in his New Year homily.

The archbishop described the Manila Times report titled “Duterte no protector of Filipinos – Archbishop Villegas” as ‘fake’ and was deliberately manufactured.

“This is fake news!” Archbishop Villegas said. “Please be truthful. Do not use the Church to spread lies.”

The report claimed that in his homily at the Dagupan Cathedral on Dec. 31, the archbishop supposedly said that in pushing for the revival of the death penalty, Duterte will be killing people, especially the poor.

Although the Church is firm against the capital punishment, Villegas said the article was a “completely fabricated lie.”

“This was not the homily at the cathedral last December 31,” he clarified, as the article triggered vicious attacks against him by Duterte’s online supporters.

This is not the first time that Villegas and some other bishops have been victimized by fake news and deceptive memes that angered Duterte’s sympathizers. (CBCPNews)

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5 Fiercest enemies of President Duterte Author: Daniel Joseph Navalta UPDATED: 3 MONTHS AGO VIEWS: 3369 TWEET IT! SHARE ON FACEBOOK SEND VIA EMAIL


President Duterte (Photo: Inquirer)

President Duterte is known as one of the most combative, aggressive and headstrong public servants in the history of Philippine politics.

However, those characteristics of his have made him a lot of critics, detractors and enemies from both the local and international scene.

He even called one of his perceived enemies as a “son of a whore” and told him to “go to hell” for expressing concern about the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

Here is a list of the President’s enemies who he would probably want to go to hell as soon as possible.

1. SENATOR LEILA DE LIMA
2. SENATOR ANTONIO TRILLANES
3. HUMAN RIGHTS CHAIR CHITO GASCON
4. ARCHBISHOP SOCRATES VILLEGAS
5. PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA

Sen. Leila De Lima

She has been his most vocal and consistent critic which made her the President’s biggest target so far.

She has been accused of adultery, of being an immoral person, a drug lord protector and has been told by the President to resign.

READ ALSO: 3 Reasons Why Teddy Locsin’s Appointment as PH Ambassador to the UN is a huge mistake

Sen. Antonio Trillanes

Before he won the presidency, Trillanes accused the then Davao City Mayor of having undeclared wealth hidden in his BPI account.

After he won the presidency, the soldier turned politician continued to slam Digong for the alleged killings and his careless statements towards his enemies.

Chito Gascon

He is the current head of the Commission on Human Rights who have expressed his concern about the spate of summary killings since his administration started.

The President has told him to “shut up” and described him as an idiot for doing so.

READ ALSO: VP Robredo advises President Duterte

Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Villegas is one of the few bishops who have the guts to stand up to Digong in public.

He slammed the President when he cursed Pope Francis; he reasoned with Duterte after he criticized the Catholic Church and its leaders in the Philippines; and he constantly raises awareness about respecting the human rights of criminals.

US Pres. Barack Obama

The President made international news when he apparently called the US leader as a “son of a whore.” After receiving public backlash for his comments, Digong issued an apology.

However, he recently told Obama to “go to hell” for raising his concern about human rights violations in the country.



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Devotion trumps terror By Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 10, 2017 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


Black Nazarene escorts, known as Hijos del Nazarenos, protecting the image from the crushing waves of devotees attempting to climb the carriage. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines - More than a million mostly barefoot Catholics ignored reported terror threats and joined the annual procession of the centuries-old statue of the Black Nazarene yesterday.

Manila police estimated about 1.4 million people participated in the Traslacion, the raucous procession of the Black Nazarene, a life-size statue of Jesus Christ carrying a cross.

Authorities imposed a gun ban, prohibited drones and backpacks and jammed cell phone signals along the route of the procession, which was guarded by thousands of police and troops. Snipers kept watch from atop buildings.

Devotees jostled around the andas, the carriage carrying the Black Nazarene, and threw towelettes at volunteers on the carriage to wipe parts of the cross and the statue in the belief that the Nazarene’s mystical powers to cure ailments and provide good health and fortune would rub off on them.

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As of 6 p.m. yesterday, over 1,200 people had been reported injured in the procession, according to records of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) and the Philippine Red Cross.

Of the cases, 690 were due to high blood pressure while 339 cases complained of toothache, allergies, bruises and abrasions.

MDRRMO chief Johnny Yu said the cases of injury included three women devotees who fell while attempting to climb the andas and nearly got trampled to death. “They suffered bone fractures and contusions.”

Seven devotees were also rushed to the Ospital ng Maynila after steel railings fell on them.

Bomb alert

Devotees pack Jones Bridge as the Black Nazarene heads toward Quiapo Church in Manila during the annual grand procession yesterday. MIGUEL DE GUZMAN Telecommunications firms shut down mobile phone services during the Traslacion as requested by security officials because mobile signals can be used to trigger bombs.

At 7:30 a.m. yesterday, the Manila Police District (MPD) responded to a bomb alert at Plaza Sta. Cruz, where a suspicious messenger bag was abandoned in front of Sta. Cruz Church along Ronquillo Street.

Authorities sealed off the area for 20 minutes and checked the bag, which was later found to contain only a Black Nazarene shirt and some personal belongings.

The area, which is part of the Traslacion route, was reopened at 8:30 a.m.

SUSPICIOUS LOOKING SUSPECTS

Policemen also arrested a “suspicious-looking suspect” who was carrying a bag containing a set of keys, different identification cards and dozens of compact discs.

The suspect, whose identity was withheld by the police, was interrogated at MPD headquarters.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier warned that local Muslim militants trying to align themselves with the Islamic State group may try to attack the Traslacion.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said authorities have not monitored any specific threat but warned that followers of the extremist leader killed last week may retaliate by attacking the procession.

Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, who led a small but violent Islamic group called Ansar Al Khilafah Philippines, died in a gunbattle with police Thursday in Sarangani province. Three of his companions were captured.

‘Better, orderly Traslacion this year’

After the mass celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and the morning prayer led by Quiapo Church rector Monsignor Hernando Coronel, the 411-year-old image of the Black Nazarene was transferred from the stage of the Quirino Grandstand to the andas.

But unlike in previous years when the crowd scrambled to take possession of the image right after the mass, yesterday’s transfer was quick and orderly.

It only took the Hijos del Nazarenos about a minute to transfer the image from the stage of the grandstand to the andas. And it only took them 10 minutes to attach the image to the carriage.

Around 4:30 a.m., the Hijos del Nazareno, policemen and soldiers formed a phalanx in front of the image because the masses already broke loose from their confinement at the Burnham Green section of Rizal Park. But order was still maintained.

The Traslacion started at 5:30 a.m., an hour and a half earlier than the customary 7 a.m. start.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada lauded the millions of devotees for the orderly Traslacion.

“It’s better this year compared to last year. I’m glad that the devotees are very orderly,” Estrada told The STAR.

Estrada attended the midnight mass for the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand.

“I arrived there at 11:30 p.m., attended the midnight mass, and stayed there until 3 a.m. So far, so good. I congratulate the devotees for being very orderly this year. The police and other government agencies that jointly secured the Traslacion also deserve a tap on the shoulder,” he said.

Estrada ordered 600 street sweepers to clean the streets immediately after the procession passed. – With Rey Galupo, Sheila Crisostomo, Ghio Ong, Louella Desiderio, AP

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Faster Traslacion amid high security By GERARD NAVAL January 10, 2017

HIS year’s Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene was faster compared to previous years as millions of devotees defied reports of a terrorist threat on the conduct of the annual Catholic feast.

Organizers calculated that the image of the Black Nazarene will be home at the Quiapo Church by midnight.

“Procession is travelling at a faster pace compared to previous years. Expected to finish before midnight,” said the Quiapo Church in its official Twitter account (@quiapochurch).

As of 7:50 p.m. yesterday, the image was already at Fraternal st.

Last year, the Black Nazarene took 20 hours before reaching the church at 2 p.m.

Despite the terrorist threat, organizers pushed for an earlier start of the Morning Prayer at 4:45 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. since devotees were already closing in on the stage, where the image of the black Christ was stationed.

By 5:20 a.m., the Morning Prayer was already finished and was immediately followed by the transfer of the Black Nazarene to the “andas” (carriage) by the “Hijos Del Nazareno” from the altar. The procession was supposed to start at 7 a.m.

Moments before the start of the Liturgy of the Hours (Morning Prayer), the Manila Police District (MPD) placed the number of devotees gearing for the start of the annual procession at an estimated 800,000.

According to organizers, the procession crowd was estimated to have peaked at 1.4 million while those at the Quiapo Church and its vicinity have a crowd estimate of 41,000.

Members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces made their presence felt as hundreds were positioned in and around the Quirino Grandstand stage and gallery area.

1 PM

Before 1 p.m., the procession was still at the Jones Bridge with the sheer number of devotees joining the procession and scratching and clawing their way towards the image often stalling the “andas.”

There was also the occasional chanting of “Viva! Viva! Viva!” by the yellow-and-maroon-clad devotees to honor the Black Nazarene as the carriage traverses its way in the streets of Manila.

Majority of the devotees were at the Quirino Grandstand grounds as early as Saturday to begin queuing for the “pahalik” (touching of the image).

Others opted to bring their replica images of the black Christ while unfolding their own sheets, where they ate, slept, and rested while waiting for the procession to begin.

“The number of devotees increases every year probably because the Nazareno has touched many lives. But we still have to see the image at the end of the procession,” said Quiapo Church rector Msgr. Ding Coronel in an earlier interview.

According to Quiapo Church parochial vicar Fr. Douglas Badong, they are not particular on seeing the procession completed immediately.

“We are not after the speed. What we want is an orderly and peaceful procession. Even if the procession lasts for two or three days, for as long as the flow is smooth, we do not see it as a problem,” said Badong in a separate interview.

Fr. Tony Ropasa, who is assigned in the Diocese of Caloocan, fainted during the midnight mass for the feast of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand on Sunday after his blood pressure shot up to 180/80.

During the Gospel reading, first aid teams suddenly rushed to the stage to assist Ropasa. According to Manila Health Department nurse Nancy Hasareno, the 70-year-old priest felt dizzy during the mass to hypertension.

Ropasa was brought to the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pasay City via ambulance.

Hundreds suffered injuries during the procession. As of 5 p.m., the Red Cross assisted 1,200 devotees of whom 778 complained of high blood pressure.

MINOR INJURIES

Mayor Joseph Estrada said the annual tradition went smoothly, despite minor injuries suffered by devotees, the arrest of a “suspicious-looking man,” and a false bomb alert near the Sta. Cruz Church.

Johnny Yu, head of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said hundreds were wounded during “Pahalik” Sunday night at the Quirino Grandstand.

These include three women devotees who fell and nearly got trampled to death as they attempted to climb the “andas” or the carriage carrying the Black Nazarene statue. They suffered fractures and contusions, Yu said.

Seven devotees were also taken to the Ospital ng Maynila when steel railings fell on them.

Most of those brought to Ospital ng Maynila suffered fractures, as well as “hypertensive events,” or difficulty in breathing and chest pains, radio reports said.

Among the injured was a male devotee whose foot got caught between the carriage of the Black Nazarene and the gutter at the Quirino Grandstand.

The devotee is undergoing surgery to see if his toes can be saved, after the incident crushed bones in his feet, the reports added.

BOMB ALERT

At 7:30 a.m., the Manila Police District-Explosive Ordnance Division responded to a bomb alert at Plaza Sta. Cruz where a suspicious messenger bag was abandoned in front of Sta. Cruz Church along Ronquillo Street.

Authorities sealed off the area for about 20 minutes and checked the bag, which was later found to be containing a Black Nazarene shirt and some personal belongings.

The area, part of the Traslacion route, was reopened at 8:30 am.

MPD also arrested a “suspicious-looking suspect” who was carrying a bag containing a set of keys, different identification cards, and dozens of compact discs. The yet unidentified man is undergoing interrogation at MPD headquarters, reports stated.

CLEAN-UP

As the procession neared the Quiapo Church, Estrada said a contingent of 600 street sweepers belonging to the Department of Public Services and Task Force Manila Cleanup collected the trash left behind by the devotees.

Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde said this year’s feast of the Black Nazarene was generally peaceful with no major untoward incident reported.

Albayalde said members of the Highway Patrol Group established checkpoints at identified roads leading to the Quiapo district to thwart the entry of unwanted persons in the procession area.

He said even petty crimes such as pickpockets have not been reported.

Albayalde said cellphone signals were cut in Quiapo at around 6 a.m. to prevent detonation of any improvised explosive device using cellphones as triggering device. Telecom signals were down within one kilometer radius of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.

He said the telecom signals will resume when the image is back to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.

Albayalde gave a number of policemen a dressing down after he observed that they were not accosting people with backpacks as a number of ambulant vendors were already occupying Villalobos street, a procession route.

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa was satisfied with the security along the procession route when he conducted an inspection yesterday afternoon.

The NCRPO estimated the crowd to be at 1.4 million at its peak at around 1 p.m., while some 22,000 devotees were estimated to be at Quiapo Church.

President Duterte, in a prepared message, said the feast of the Black Nazarene showed that people continue to have faith in God despite the sacrifices they face daily.

“Good fortunes are usually borne out of hard work and perseverance. Prayers are likely answered because we do not give up or get tired from asking God for the fulfillment of our heart’s desires. Such is the phenomenal expression of faith of the millions of devotees in the form of gratitude, petition, and sacrifice shown in the image of the Black Nazarene every feast day on the 9th of January every year,” he said.

“We are neither exhausted by praying constantly nor do we ever falter in expressing our religious fervor. Despite the passage of time, we relentlessly fight against injustice and lies; abuse of power; and the corruption that eats up the soul,” he added.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, in his homily for the Traslacion mass at the Quirino Grandstand, called on the Filipino people to stop judging others who commit mistakes, which he said causes division among people.

“Kapag meron kayong kaibigan o kamag-anak na minsan nakakalimot, huwag niyong husgahan kasi tayo din naman nakakalimot,” he said. – With JP Lopez, Raymond Africa and Jocelyn Montemayor


INQUIRER

AFTER 22-HOUR PROCESSION: Black Nazarene back home safe despite terror threats By: Jhesset O. Enano, Yuji Vincent B. Gonzales - @inquirerdotnet Team Inquirer / 03:29 AM January 10, 2017 Updated: 3:55 a.m., Jan. 10, 2017


Thousands of devotees try to touch the image of the Black Nazarene. (Photo by GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Despite threats of violence from various terror groups in Mindanao, thousands of Catholic devotees guided the centuries-old image of the Black Nazarene safely and peacefully back to its home the Basilica Minore in Quiapo, Manila before dawn on Tuesday.

This year’s Traslacion, or procession, which started at around 5:30 a.m. on Monday at the Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta, took longer – 22 hours, or about an hour longer than last year’s.

The distance from the grandstand to the church is just over 3 km. But with about a million devotees crowding the winding route through the streets of Manila, the procession proceeded at its accustomed snail’s pace.

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As the andas, or carriage, of the cross-bearing Christ reached Plaza Miranda through Villalobos Street at around 3:10 a.m., the crowd at the historic public square went into a near frenzy.

The Hijos de Nazareno, or the Sons of the Nazarene, started guiding the image back through the church gate at around 3:27 a.m.

They closed the gate at 3:30 a.m.

No untoward incidents were reported by authorities, although at least 1,000 people were treated for various conditions, mostly minor wounds, dizziness, and fainting spells.

In last year’s Traslacion, two deaths were reported.

The annual Traslacion, regarded as fhe biggest religious gathering in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, commemorates the first parade transferring the revered icon of Jesus Christ from a church in Intramuros to the Quiapo Church on Jan. 9, 1767. /ATM


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