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Filipino group cancels plans to hold Independence Day celebration

Published on May 27, 2014 10:19 AM
 
Organisers of a planned Philippine Independence Day celebration in Singapore have decided to cancel the event altogether, owing to difficulties in getting alternative locations for the event. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK 

SINGAPORE - Organisers of a planned Philippine Independence Day celebration in Singapore have decided to cancel the event altogether, owing to difficulties in getting alternative locations for the event.

The event was to have taken place on June 8 at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, in Singapore's shopping district, but some Singaporeans opposed the choice of venue. The Pilipino Independence Day Council Singapore, which is behind the event, later withdrew their application to hold it at the Orchard Road site, due to "public order and safety issues", as advised by the Singapore Police Force (SPF).

"The Pilipino Independence Day Council 2014 (PIDC 2014), in consultation with Singapore authorities, considered other venues, however, these did not pan out for various reasons," the organising committee said in a statement.

These included unavailability of alternative venues on June 8, accessibility to public transport, as well as capacity constraint, the statement added.

 
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