Archdiocese of Manila apostolic administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo has asked the local government to adjust the curfew hours in December. This is to allow the faithful to attend the upcoming Simbang Gabi—or the nine-day dawn Masses that lead to Christmas Day.
“We are asking that they adjust the end of the curfew to 3:30 am during those days of Simbang Gabi and no curfew on December 24 evening,” Bishop Pabillo said in an interview over Radio Veritas. (Read: The Pope’s message to Filipinos in his first-ever ‘Simbang Gabi’)
Aside from the dawn Masses, anticipated Masses in the evenings are also being held to accommodate the needs of the faithful on different work schedules. “We are just waiting for the response of the LGU, especially about the curfew,” Bishop Pabillo said.
Earlier, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso has asked the Church to start preparing guidelines on the conduct of Simbang Gabi while adhering strictly to safety protocols.
There is currently a curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM imposed in Metro Manila as part of the stricter implementation of the general community quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic.