"Yung pingga nilalagay sa andas doon kinakabit yung lubid. Alam ng mamasan na kapag wala pa ‘yung lubid at pingga hindi tatakbo…Eager ‘yung crowd so kaya natagalan. Pagod na din ‘yung iba exhausted kasi tulakan doon sa harap. - Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Rector of the Quiapo Church
The start of the "traslacion" or the procession of the Black Nazarene was slightly delayed after the surge of "mamamasan" or devotees blocked the way of the carriage or "andas." - PNA
The Department of Health's Dr. Lyndon See-Sur advised the elderly, sick, pregnant and as well as those with infants to just stay in the house and watch or listen to the updates.
Eduardo Gonzales, chief of MMDA's Road Emergency Group First Aid Station, said in a radio interview that most of those who sought help had difficulty breathing because of the crowded conditions.
One has already died this morning from a heart attack believed to have followed from suffocation.
At least 500 devotees have been attended to by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's first aid stations.