Police warn Ati-Atihan Festival revelers to be on the lookout for snatchers, thieves

Published January 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Tara Yap 

ILOILO CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is warning revelers of the 2020 Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo town, Aklan province to be vigilant against snatchers and thieves.

ATI-ATIHAN_FESTIVAL_YAP-02 The Ati-Atihan Festival of Kalibo town, Aklan province. It is the “Mother of All Festivals”. (Tara Yap)
Revelers and devotees of the Santo Niño (Holy Child Jesus) flock to Kalibo town, Aklan province this weekend for the Ati-Atihan Festival. (Tara Yap/File/Manila Bulletin)

“Our Ati-Atihan revelers have to be really careful with their belongings. They are targets of lawless elements,” said Staff Sergeant Jane Vega, PNP Kalibo spokesperson for this year’s Ati-Atihan, which culminates this weekend.

Vega told Manila Bulletin that there have already been some reports about incidents of snatching this week.

Despite this, the PNP remains in full force to secure the the festival in honor of the Santo Niño (Holy Child Jesus) that is also known as the “Mother of Philippine Festivals”.

Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director of Police Regional Office (PRO-6), earlier said there will be 1,700 security personnel who will be deployed for the Ati-Atihan. This contingent will be composed of personnel from Kalibo PNP, the Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) and PRO-6.

The cops are backed by personnel from the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Meanwhile, law enforcers will also be on alert for Ati-Atihan revelers who will go straight to world-famous Boracay Island, which is almost an hour away from Kalibo town.