- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 8, 2015

Traffic police in Manila are being asked to wear adult diapers to work during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines next week to minimize the amount of officers leaving their posts to relieve themselves.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which oversees the traffic police in the Philippine capital, says it has asked nearly 2,000 employees to wear adult diapers during the pope’s visit scheduled for Jan. 15-19, NPR reported Thursday.

Emerson Carlos, the MMDA’s assistant general manager for operations, called the used of adult diapers very practical in a statement issues Thursday.

“These diapers are actually being used regularly as standard operating gear for soldiers belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] and the United States Army to fight Talibans in Afghanistan since 2012. Even the Buckingham Palace guards,” Mr. Carlos said.

He noted that police in Beijing used adult diapers while maintaining the peace during the 2008 Olympics and that all NASA astronauts wore diapers during all space shuttle launches.

Mr. Carlos said the benefits of using the adult diapers outweighed the negative notion, adding that there would be a limited number of portalets at the event.

The MMDA on Friday will hold a practice run for the event, in which 800 officers will work 24-hour shifts during the procession of the Black Nazarene, an annual event which attracts hundreds of thousands of barefoot Filipino Catholics on pilgrimage to visit the historic black statue of Jesus, according to NPR.

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