"He already signed the Executive Order suspending classes in all public and private schools on January 9", he added.
Rev. Fr. Alexander Pardo, PRO-1chaplain, said the first procession of the Black Nazarene in San Fernando City, La Union was made possibler with the support and initiative of Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, the newly-installed regional director of PRO1.
Devotees pulled on stout ropes to move the carriage forward as the procession drew more than half a million people wearing maroon and yellow shirts and waving towels while chanting "Viva" ("Long live"), Manila police said.
Estrada cited that millions of people are expected to join the celebration of the Black Nazarene procession or the annual traslacion.
But Arrojado reiterated that there were no terror threats to the Black Nazarene feast.
Coronel said devotees who would jump over the Jones Bridge would be arrested.
According to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the procession as of 10 a.m. has reached the front of University of Manila and remains peaceful.
Badong said church officials have been meeting with officials of the Manila city government, National Parks Development Committee and other local offices in preparation for the event.
This year's Traslacion, or the reenactment of transfer of the Black Nazarene from Intramuros to the Quiapo Church, took about the same time as 2017's procession.
"We hope that the procession would be shorter this year".
Msgr. Hernando Coronel of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene discusses the route of the Traslacion at a news briefing.
Explaining the strong Filipino devotion, Monsignor Sabino Vengco, a prominent Catholic priest, told CNN Philippines: "People will suffer sickness, old age.so pain and suffering will always be there", he said.