MANILA, Philippines — Christmas Day and the nine-day Simbang Gabi (Dawn Mass) leading up to it proved to be generally peaceful and orderly, “with no major untoward incident reported” in all the 17 regional offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

There were no reports of injuries due to firecrackers or stray bullets, a common occurrence in years past. However, 17 people were arrested for illegally selling firecrackers online. Read more…

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