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Manila tightens security for Chinese New Year

Pat C. Santos

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THE Chinese zodiac begins another 12-year cycle with the ongoing celebration of the Lunar Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat, the perfect time to start anew projects, relationships and endeavors. Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” hands over a lucky red envelope to a dragon dancer to invite good luck and prosperity for the City of Manila. Pat C. Santos

Members of the Filipino-Chinese community in Manila are assured of adequate security during their celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, as Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso lauded Chinoys for being part of the city’s progress.

In a small program to usher in the New Year, the mayor expressed his appreciation for the local Chinoy community.

“Itong taong etneb etneb, nawa ay magkaroon tayo ng (On this year 2020, I hope that we be blessed with) clear vision. I hope that with your help, maging sucessful tayo at mapanatag natin ang mamamayan sa lungsod (we become successful and we bring peace to the city’s resdents),” Domagoso said in his message.

The mayor said the businesses they operate are a big help to the residents whom they hire, thus creating jobs.

Likewise, he said the taxes they pay contribute greatly to the city’s economic status and subsequently to Manila’s progress as well.

Meanwhile, Domagoso has deployed policemen to keep an eye on the thousands of revelers who will troop to Chinatown today.

The mayor said the Manila Police District assured him that uniformed policemen will be deployed in the Chinatown area to maintain peace and order.

He also directed the Manila Traffic Police Bureau to farm out a sufficient number of traffic enforcers to aid the police in maintaining traffic throughout the day.

The mayor reminded revelers to keep an eye on their valuables or, if possible, avoid bringing with them too much cash and jewelry, so as not to attract petty criminals such as pickpockets, snatchers and thieves.

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