NEW YORK — Just a day after the London terror attacks, the New York City Police Department stepped up security precautions for the 119th Philippine Independence Day Parade on Sunday.
“Just take a look around you; every corner, every street corner, there’s about 4-5 cops, so you better feel safe,” said Francis Villanueva from NYPD and Asian Jade Society.
The Big Apple remains in the crosshairs of terror attacks. That’s why police and parade officials are not taking chances, especially at the biggest Philippine Independence Day parade outside of the Philippines.
“Nakatatlo pong briefings ako sa mga police department, ang ating parade punong puno po ng pulis yan,” said head of security Raul Estrellado. “Meron pa po tayong dog sniffers for the bombs, yun pong mga security, 100 security po yan, nakapalibot sa buong parade route
This Filipino pride and freedom parade represented more than 200 organizations marching from 39th Street to 26th on the iconic Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
“On Independence Day, let’s remember those who are giving their lives, risking their lives in order to maintain our independence — from terror and from our enemies abroad,” said Philippine Ambassador to the UN, Teddy Locsin Jr.
From Filipino teachers, nurses, engineers to politicians – they all agree: terror will not rain on their parade today.
“We need to be able to not show fear and come out today. and celebrate culture and heritage and show that we can’t be beaten,” said Councilman Jonathan Wong.
A Pinoy parade is not complete without beauty queens and celebrities.
“It’s an honor to be in this city where heroes were born, and now Filipinos join in that roster,” said Martin Nievera.
The parade lasted for about three hours without incident – but with a little bit of politics and protests in the mix.