SINGAPORE - Organisers withdrew a Facebook post about the celebration last week after it received hundreds of comments protesting against the event, but have said they plan to go ahead with the festivities if they get approval from the authorities.
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Here is the full statement from the police:
In response to media queries, Police would like to clarify that as at 10am on April 22, 2014, no permit application has been received for the 116th Philippine Independence Celebration on June 8, 2014 at Ngee Ann City. Neither have the event organisers shared any plans related to the event with the authorities.
Police wishes to remind all organisers of public events, local or foreign, that under the Public Order Act, a permit is generally required to hold any public assembly or conduct any public procession, regardless of the number of participants, the purpose of which is:
1. Demonstrate support for or opposition to the views or actions of any person, group of persons or any government; 2. Publicise a cause or campaign; or 3. Mark or commemorate any event.
All events must be conducted in accordance with Singapore laws. The police will assess every application on its own merits, taking into account potential public order and safety risks.
The police may reject applications or impose additional requirements on the organisers if it is deemed necessary to safeguard public order and safety.