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Erap tells Manila residents to ‘keep calm’ after Quiapo blasts

After the successive bomb explosions in Quiapo, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada called on the public Monday (May 8) to remain calm.

This, as he assured that local police and the city government have put “everything under control.”

Estrada has ordered the deployment of additional policemen in and around the Quiapo, particularly at the Islamic Center, for the safety and security of the residents and visitors, commercial establishments, and government installations.
“Everything, ever since, is under control…We have put everything under control,” the Manila mayor said Monday afternoon.
He has also ordered Manila Police director, Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, to be on the lookout for more suspicious characters and deploy more policemen to maintain peace and order.
“People in Manila have no reason to worry…because our police are on top of the situation, and our district director is hands on,” the former president added.
He also directed Coronel to organize a consultative meeting with Muslim elders and barangay officials in Quiapo to ask for their support in going after the perpetrators and prevent similar incidents from happening again.
Coronel said the dialogue will be held at the city hall within the week or not later than Monday, May 15.