Manila bans street carollers
Christmas carollers have been banned from the busy streets in Manila, Philippines' capital city, officials said and BBC reported.
The singers have been banned for safety reasons, said Bayani Fernando, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) head. Many poor children would sing for money at busy intersections and run into the road knocking on windows. The intention of the ban is to keep carollers out of speeding traffic's path.
"What we are against are those who dart across thoroughfares knocking on vehicle windows to beg for alms since this is a sure-fire way to get maimed or killed," local media quoted Mr Fernando as saying.
Carollers will still be allowed to go door to door in the suburbs where they are out of dangers' way.