MANILA, Philippines — Millions of Roman Catholic devotees paraded
with a statue of Christ through the Philippine capital under a massive
police cordon Monday after the president warned that terrorists might
target the raucous annual procession.
The government did not have specific intelligence on a
terrorist plot. Still, about 15,000 policemen, backed by hundreds of
army troops, secured the three-mile (five-kilometer) procession route
for the charred wooden Black Nazarene statue from seaside Rizal Park to a
popular church in Manila’s congested Quiapo district.