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Pasigarbo generally peaceful; draws more than 30,000 crowd

ASIDE recorded a major sniping incident along General Maxilom Avenue, the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) recorded no major incident during the Pasigarbo as Sugbo 2019 street dancing activities from Cebu Provincial Capitol to Cebu City Sports Center Sunday, August 25, 2019.

"As of 7 p.m., the situation was very peaceful and there were no reported crimes or whatever," CPPO Director Roderick Mariano told SunStar Cebu in a phone interview.

Police Major Clark Ariola, acting information officer of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), also said that as of 6:30 pm they had not implemented any violations of the anti-drunkenness ordinance which was implemented starting 12 noon until 12 noon Saturday, August 24.

"Our communication with the community has been good and we have been doing this since Sinulog times and we have also hosted international events in Cebu already, so Cebuanos are already aware of the rules and are already cooperative," he said.

The Provincial Command Center estimated 18,000 crowds outside the Cebu City Sports Complex and some 13,000 crowds inside the complex that celebrated Pasigarbo as Sugbo 2019.

Meanwhile, at about 6:20 p.m., the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) has already opened the Capitol Site, M. Velez Street, Escario Street, B. Rodriguez Street, Fuente Osmeña Circle, and General Maxilom to motorists.

Public utility jeepneys going to Guadalupe, Oprra, Ayala (route numbers 12L, 14D) and Lahug (17C, 04C) are now back to their original route.

However, CCTO spokesperson Ronnie Nadera said a lane in Alcantara Street will remain closed as props of contingents are stationed there.

In spite of the opening of some roads, Nadera said public riding can still experience traffic congestion due to the event and the volume of people in the city.

He encourages the public if they do not have important things to do in the downtown area, especially if they pass through Osmeña Boulevard, it is better to stay home or pass to another route such as in the Fuente area. (JJL / WBS / SunStar Cebu)

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