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Davao City, Philippines

HIGH ALERT REMAINS

August 14, 2019 - Wednesday 4:08 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image SECURE. Police personnel and K9 dogs do regular checks at San Pedro Square. ARJOY M. CENIZA

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Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Police Colonel Alexander Tagum urged the public to be always on the alert and report to authorities if they notice suspicious persons or objects.

DAVAO CITY -- Security forces here remain on high alert as the city celebrates the month- long 34th Kadayawan Festival.

“No changes,” Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Police Colonel Alexander Tagum said of the alert level here, which has been on the highest level since the deadly Roxas Night Market bombing in September 2016.

Tagum told MDM the terrorist threat in Mindanao is constant and something the people must contend with.

“That is the reason we keep on pleading for our people’s support to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times,” he said.

Tagum urged the public to be always on the alert and report to authorities if they notice suspicious persons or objects.

No area is left unsecured for the Kadayawan Festival. ARJOY M. CENIZA

Meanwhile, Task Force Davao Commander Consolito Yecla said the Task Force continues to be on high alert to ensure that no untoward incident occurs in the city.

He said the security operations in all fixed checkpoints are intensified, including all other possible entry points such as the shorelines.

Ang level ng alert ay hindi naman nagbago nasa high o level 3 pa rin. Pinaghahandaan natin ang lahat ng posibilidad na pwedeng gawin ng mga terorista at gumawa ng mga hakbang para kontrahin ang kanilang mga plano,” he said.

(Our alert level has not changed from high or level 3. We are prepared for any possible action from terrorists and we are taking steps to counter their plans.)

Yecla said aside from his personnel, the 10th Infantry Division and Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) have provided additional troops to help secure the city for the Kadayawan.

"Because of Kadayawan, high alert pa rin tayo. Yong ating tropa suspended ang vacation nila,” Yecla said.

(We are on high alert because of the Kadayawan. The vacation leaves of the troops are suspended.)

Joint Task Force Haribon (JTFH) commander Brigadier General Ernesto Torres in a recent media interview said they have been continuously evaluating all the information they received on the Islamic State (IS) and other threat groups.

“Should there be an imminent threat against us, we are always prepared,” Torres said.

He said the task force’s mission is to ensure that Metro Davao is free from any threat from all forms of terrorism.

“Bago pa man sila maka-pagsagawa ang mga terroristic acts ay nakagawa na tayo ng mga preemptive measures,” he said.

(Even before they commit terrorist acts, we have already taken preemptive measures.)

Torres assured the public that all information they receive are being taken into consideration to prevent terrorist attacks from being mounted in Davao City.

He said the threat on Davao remains because it is the seat of government outside of Metro Manila since President Rodrigo Duterte lives here.

“But we can assure the public that in Davao City we have appropriate security units in place to address this problem post by any threat groups,” he said.

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