Organisers then brought the statue Burberry wallets, cheap burberry wallet for women 2012 sale – believed to have healing powers – down from the stage for its three-mile procession to a popular church as devotees rushed forward to touch it. Police in the Philippines estimated that more than 3 million people had joined the procession; up to 9 million were expected.
President Benigno Aquino III warned on Sunday at a hastily called news conference, along with military and police officials, that several terrorists planned to disrupt the event and had reportedly been seen in the capital. But the threat was not high enough to cancel the procession and police were working hard to thwart any attack, he said.
"The sad reality of the world today is that terrorists want to disrupt the ability of people to live their lives in the ways they want to, including the freedom to worship," Aquino said in the nationally televised conference.
The government banned cell phones and firecrackers at the event. Around 15,000 policemen were deployed with sniffer dogs, while ambulances and hospitals were on standby, according to an entry in Aquino's Facebook page.
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Australia urged its citizens to avoid the procession and nearby areas.
Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo said without elaborating that six to nine people from the southern Philippines may be involved in the plot, and officials gave no description of their group or its motives. When asked if the threat came from the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group, Aquino said that possibility had not been confirmed.
Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters that raids had been conducted in several suspected terrorist safe houses Manila and nearby Rizal province but without any results so far.
The wooden statue of Christ, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, is believed to have been brought from Mexico to Manila in 1606 by Spanish missionaries. The ship that carried it caught fire, but the charred statue survived and was named the Black Nazarene.
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The Texters drew first blood, 87-83 in the series opener, but Petron equalized last Saturday after taking Game 2 91-89.
Both head coaches agree that making adjustments will be key in the series.
"It depends on who makes the proper adjustments the next game, and who wants it more," TNT head coach Chot Reyes told PBA.ph.
His Petron counterpart, Ato Agustin, agreed, saying, "Kung sino ang makagawa ng mas magandang adjustments, iyon ang mananalo."
The Boosters have shown that they are capable of making adjustments, responding to their Game 1 loss with more aggressiveness that led to their Game 2 victory.
"Ang intensity namin, nandoon unlike in the first game namin na malamya, nag-init na lang nung fourth quarter," Agustin said. "Ngayon from the start ang intensity namin nandoon."
Meanwhile, Reyes admitted that his wards could not match Petron's effort. His starters were also outplayed by Petron's first five, getting outscored 23-68.
The Boosters hope to get another strong effort from Arwind Santos, who had a double-double in Game 2, along with Alex Cabagnot. They are also hoping for another burberry handbags vintage performance from former 2-time MVP Danny Ildefonso.