Blackout. No cell, no internet during Peñafrancia 2016 procession, fluvial?

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BLACKOUT. With or without cellular and internet services, the Peñafrancia procession and fluvial will go on. The Bicolano's unwavering fervor and devotion to INA, the Virgin of Peñafrancia and the Divino Rostro, is forever. Photo credit- Tony Abalayan II.

Naga City and the surrounding areas will be transported to the “dark ages” again when the clock strikes just about 12 noon and until 6 pm or way beyond that today.

It is because the government has theorized that one way to protect the celebration from any untoward incident, is by stopping the cellular services of telephone companies.

Last Friday, September 9, the same telecom blackout was effected from 1pm to 5pm during the the transfer of the venerated images of INA, the Virgin of Peñafrancia and the Divino Rostro from the Peñafrancia Shrine.

So now, the return procession and fluvial activities from the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral will also signal the disruption of cellular services in areas in Camarines Sur.

An order sent to ABS-CBN Convergence, Globe Telecom, Digitel Mobile Philippines and Smart Communications to effect a blackout of the cellular services today, Saturday, September 17, 2016 like what was enforced during the Traslacion procession the other week.

PLDT also stopped its internet service.

The memo specifies that there would be no signal, direct or reflected coming from any cell site in Naga City.

The order was signed by NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba.

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