Rama ‘disappointed’ with planned signal shutdown

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Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has spoken out against the police’s plans to temporarily disable mobile phone signals in preparation for the Fiesta Señor and Sinulog Festival this weekend.

In a radio interview, Rama said that he requested the police to reconsider their recommendations of suspending mobile phone networks on January 14 and January 15.

“I’m disappointed,” the mayor also said. (

He claimed that they were not consulted about the proposed signal shutdown in certain areas of Metro Cebu, including the city.

“Please, I don’t want to quarrel [with] you (police). We are the organizer. Did you ever visit us, the organizer, how will we go about?” he added.

In a January 6 letter, the NTC authorized the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas to jam mobile phone signals in areas where the 458th Fiesta Señor and Sinulog Festival will be held.

The signal outage will cover the Fluvial Procession, and Solemn Procession on Saturday and the Grand Parade on Sunday.