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Rehabilitation czar Secretary Panfilo Lacson is confident that Pope Francis’ early 2015 visit to Yolanda-ravaged areas of the country will go off without a hitch

“Wala namang threat sa security,” Lacson said in an interview with dzBB’s Nimfa Ravelo on Sunday.

Lacson added that other notable personalities have visited Yolanda-hit areas without encountering trouble.

“Si United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, pumunta na doon. Marami nang pumunta doon na masasabi nating importanteng tao mula sa ibang bansa, at basta naman may darating, alert siyempre ang kapulisan para ang seguridad nila ay maayos,” Lacson said.

Last week, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas officially announced that the Pope will visit areas devastated by the super typhoon, “God willing at the beginning of next year, 2015.”
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the Vatican will release the exact date of the visit either by the end of this month or in early August, while the schedule and itinerary of the pontiff’s visit will be released by November.

Lacson added that he hopes permanent housing for the survivors will be completed before Pope Francis’ visit.

“I hope and pray na pag dating niya sa Enero, marami nang nagawang mga bahay,” he said. Patricia Denise Chiu/BM, GMA News

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