Thousands start visiting dead ahead of Undas
MANILA -- A day before the All Saints' Day holiday, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 is already busy with domestic passengers.
The airport management said aside from the annual Undas exodus, there has also been an influx of Filipino Muslims arriving from their pilgrimage to Mecca.
Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel have been deployed to the airport to augment security.
A help desk has also been set up to assist passengers.
Despite the large number of passengers, operations remain normal with no delays in flights although flights to Tuguegarao have been cancelled due to bad weather.
There are fewer passengers at the Batangas port compared to last year. Authorities believe many already went home over the weekend for the barangay elections.
Still, security is tight at the port and a help desk is on standby to assist passengers 24/7.
Meanwhile, thousands continue to flock to the Manila North Cemetery to pay their respects to their departed loved ones.
The Manila Police District (MPD) estimated the crowd at 10,000 as of Thursday morning.
Police have already confiscated banned items like knives and playing cards.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been set up to monitor the crowd.
The MPD is expecting 1 million visitors to troop to various cemeteries tomorrow. -- Reports from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News; Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog; Noel Alamar, dzMM; ANC