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Kalag-kalag 2009: Only one bladed weapon confiscated

CEBU, Philippines - The Police Regional Office-7 yesterday said the observance of the “Kalag-Kalag” in the region has been “generally peaceful,” with only one incident so far of bladed weapon being confiscated from a person who was about to go inside a cemetery.

According to PRO-7 director Lani-O Nerez, the observance of the All Saints Day and All Souls Day last Sunday and Monday was the most peaceful in the recent years.

Unlike last year when there were almost a hundred of assorted deadly and bladed weapons confiscated from cemetery-goers, this year, he said they were only able to recover one bladed weapon. 

“We confiscated only one bladed weapon this year compared to last year that almost a hundred of bladed weapons were confiscated. Sa ilimnong makahubog sad, usa ka beer ra ang na confiscate ug duha ka bottle sa whiskey,” Nerez said.

He said they have received a report on a shooting incident but it was later discovered that it was not related to the observance of the Kalag-Kalag. Likewise, he clarified that the incident in Carreta, where two people were wounded during a raid in a cockpit arena, was not related to the celebration.

Nerez attributed the peaceful celebration of the All Saints Day and All Souls Day to the effort of his men and the cooperation of the community and the local government officials.

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He thanked the people for heeding their advice not to bring deadly weapons and liquors inside cemeteries and observe the event peacefully.

Meanwhile, Cebu Provincial Police Office director Jesus Gaquing said that the celebration of Kalag-Kalag in the entire province of Cebu was relatively peaceful despite some reports on shooting incidents, which, he clarified were not at all related to the celebration.

In spite of lack in police personnel, Gaquing said they were able to maintain the peace and order situation especially in the cemeteries. — Gabriel C. Bonjoc/WAB

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