Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned devotees who plan to visit the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene not to bring any vehicles as they may be towed if found to be obstructive.
Domagoso also said that devotees of the Black Nazarene who defy this warning may be apprehended.
“Huwag kayo magdala ng bisikleta, huwag kayong magdala ng sasakyan, huwag kayong magdala ng motor at ipapasok niyo sa (Do not bring bicycles, cars, and motorcycles inside the) concerned radius from the church,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“It will be apprehended, including you…Including government and city government vehicles will be towed if it is inside the vicinity,” he added.
The Manila mayor also hinted that cellphone signals will be jammed on Saturday. He said those who are still planning to physically visit some churches, that will be celebrating masses in line with the Feast Day of the Black Nazarene, must talk with their loved ones about their meeting spots and the like.
The Manila Police District announced earlier the closure of several roads in the city on Friday and Saturday.
Thousands of Black Nazarene devotees are expected to flock to Quiapo Church, Sta. Cruz Church, and San Sebastian Church, despite Domagoso’s repeated urging for devotees to worship at home.
Each church can only accept 400 per mass or 6,000 devotees for the whole day. When there are already 6,000 people lined up at the said churches, it will no longer accept any more devotees.
Those who will not be able to make it inside the churches can view the mass through up to 12 LED screens installed along Quezon Boulevard, Carriedo, Carlos Palanca, Plaza Miranda, Plaza San Juan, among others. Each area can hold up to 750 people.