MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has warned of a possible terrorist attack during an annual Catholic procession in Manila that may draw more than a million devotees.
President Benigno Aquino III told a hurriedly called news conference Sunday that several terrorists planning to disrupt the religious procession have been sighted in the capital. He said police are attempting to arrest the suspects and disrupt any planned attack.
Aquino said security will be very tight for the procession Monday of a centuries-old image of Jesus Christ known as the Black Nazarene. He asked devotees not to bring cellphones or weapons.