Torotot Festival safe: police, army

THE POLICE and military have assured the safety of participants to the annual Torotot Festival along Roxas Avenue on Dec. 31.

Roxas Avenue was the location of the gruesome bombing attack in September this year, which killed 15 people and injured 69 others.

City police spokesperson, Sr. Insp. Catherine Dela Rey, told TIMES that they will deploy more than a hundred PNP personnel coming from the 12 precincts, Mobile Patrol Group, City Public Safety Company (CPSC) Traffic Group to guard the activity.

“Security measures for the New Year revelry and Torotot Festival are all set, and the personnel are ready for deployment,” Dela Rey said.

In a separate interview, the Task Force Davao will also provide warm bodies to augment the personnel to be sent by the PNP.

“We will be there to guard and ensure that the people in the area will be safe,” Col. Erwin Bernard Neri , commander of Task Force Davao, said.
The  Torotot Festival is celebrated in the city every New Year’s Eve which involves the blowing party horns, or what are more commonly known to Filipinos as torotots.

It was first held during the city’s 2014 New Year’s Eve celebration at the Freedom Park along Roxas Avenue from 1 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013 to 1 a.m. of Jan. 1, 2014.

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