Rex Remitio shared an alarming video online about a bulk of Black Nazarene devotees barging into a private property ‘where a catering event was ongoing’ in Castillejos Street, Quiapo.
The scene got out of hand when most of them tried to get food and water while some falling onto the catering tables. The owners weren’t able to do much as the devotees kept on coming.
CNN Philippines shared the said video with a caption,
“Black Nazarene devotees swell into a private property where a catering event was ongoing on Castillejos Street in Quiapo, Manila. Some tried to get food and water, while others almost fell into the catering tables during the commotion. The owners then were forced to push them out of the gate.”
The video has already more than 500,000 views, and 8,000 shares. Watch the video below.
Netizens were angered by this aggressive gesture of the devotees, and here are some of their reactions.
“Deboto ako pero hinde na tama to… eto ying mga skalawag ng deboto. Kung gutom at pagod na umuwe na… hinde na kailangan magpasikat na buong araw n mkiki paligsahan sa paghatak ng tali at pag akyat sa andas… eto yumg mga tao kung bakit magulo na ang prusisyon… mga banal-banalan kuno… umpisahan nyo sa sarile nyo kptid at saka kayo humingi ng tawad sa poong nazareno,” said Jayvee Urcia on Facebook.
“Makadiyos. Pero tignan ninyo ang pinaggagawa. Parang iyong kapit bahay ko na every Sunday nangunguna sa simbahan pero paguwi nangunguna sa tsismisan, awayan at murahan,” saind Romeo Zinca on Facebook.
“This clearly shows that having a religion doesn’t make you a good person.. Seems that having a better education and respect to others is a better choice,” said Andrew De Guzman on Facebook.
“Lumalabas talaga kulay banalbanalan pero mga asal demonyo mahiya kyo ginagamit nyo ang nazareno bka bumaba yan at ihambalos sa mga pagmumukha nyo ang krus! Kakahiya kyo paging mga pari tignan nyo mga kampon nyo mana mana sa inyo,” said Nilo Baes on Facebook.
In its preparedness for the annual Traslacion, the Department of Health (DOH) today reminded devotees who are not feeling well to seek immediate help from any of the fourteen medical teams deployed along the route of the procession during this religious feast held every January 8-10.
Every year, the DOH deploys medical teams from its various Metro Manila hospitals to assist participants in the January event that commemorates the transfer (hence, the term Traslacion) of the Black Nazarene image from Intramuros to Quiapo Church (also known as the St. John the Baptist Church or Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene), where it has stayed since 1787.
Aside from the DOH teams, other medical teams will be deployed to the event by organizations such as the Philippine Red Cross, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and volunteer groups.
“All DOH hospitals will be on ‘Code White’ alert status, which refers to the readiness status of hospital manpower such as general and orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses, ophthalmologists, and otorhinolaryngologists, to respond to any emergency situation,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III declared, adding that emergency health service, nursing, and administrative personnel residing at the hospital dormitories are also placed on an on-call status to enable immediate mobilization.
Likewise, the DOH Operations Center will be on 24/7 monitoring to facilitate any additional support that may be needed by the deployed teams. The DOH-NCR Regional Health Office will establish a communication post Quiapo Base for quick assistance.
The DOH advises the expected 18-20 million devotees (PNP estimate) participating in the procession to bring enough drinking water to avoid dehydration, to wear comfortable clothes and protective footwear, to bring raincoats or ponchos in preparedness for rain, and to bring hats, fans, and handkerchiefs in case it becomes hot and sunny during these outdoor activities.
People on medication are advised to bring their medicines along with them especially those with chronic asthma, hypertension or diabetes. People who are sick, or pregnant, or with severe medical conditions, are advised to take extra precautions or opt to forgo the activity altogether. Devotees are also advised to refrain from bringing infants, young children, and the elderly to the procession to avoid injury. Participants are also encouraged to have an identification card with them that states who to contact in case of an emergency, one’s blood type, history of allergies, or existing medical condition.
“We appeal to devotees to take care of their health if they are joining the Traslacion. Should you feel any symptom of sickness or suffer an injury as may happen in large crowds, go to our medical teams who are ready to help.” the health chief reiterated.
TAGS: Traslacion 2018