Peñafrancia traslacion claims life of one devotee

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A lone devotee died during the Nuestra Señora de Penafrancia’s traslacion last Friday (September 9) in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

AKO-Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe took to Twitter to ask for prayers for the fatality, who has yet to be identified by authorities.

Reports said that a “brief stampede” during the traslacion resulted to the death of the devotee.

Three people who had climbed lamppost during the procession were also reported to have been “accidentally electrocuted”. Authorities are as yet unsure of what triggered the stampede.

The traslacion of the centuries-old Bicol Patroness kicked off the week-long festival, which will culminate on September 17.

Law enforcers have stepped up security in the region for the purpose of the spiritual exercise as well as the prevailing state of emergency in the country.