Prohibited items seized

But authorities say Undas peaceful and normal

DESPITE the confiscation of more than a thousand prohibited items, authorities said the three-day observance of the All Souls and All Saints’ in the region was peaceful and normal.

 In Davao City, DCPO director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said only minor incidents, including a brief youth gang riot and the rescue of minors caught drinking in the cemetery, were recorded.

 Both Tagum and Chief Insp. Andrea Dela Cerna, the PRO spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) XI, said the situation at the various cemeteries was within the controllable level as the security deployment and police assistance were strategically in place.

 In the city, around 4,300 security officers – police, military, fire personnel and volunteer auxiliary — were deployed to provide security and ensure safety in the 58 cemeteries in the city.

 A total of 230 police assistance hubs were also established in the different areas in the region, deploying 239 road safety marshals.

 But despite the stern warning of the authorities to the public not to bring prohibited materials in cemetery, more than a thousand of banned items were confiscated.

 The DCPO recorded that 905 items were confiscated from Oct. 31 up to press time. The regional police office said 787 items were reported from the five provinces.

 Lighter topped the list with 584 pieces.

Various hard drinks and cigarette were also confiscated. Tools and other cleaning materials such as grass cutters, cutting tools, scythe, lawn mower, chisel, screw drivers, knife, bolo, saw, scissors, blade, trowel, hammer and other garden equipment were also seized.

Cans of butane and gallons of paint were also confiscated. Other entertainment devices, such as playing cards, speakers and guitars, were among those seized.

The confiscated items were later released to the owners when they left the cemetery.