MARTIAL LAW: Davao from ‘lockdown’ to ‘hold and secure’
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said the lockdown situation in the city after President Rodrigo Duterte placed Mindanao under Martial Law had been revised to just “hold and secure” but some movements will still be regulated.
Under a lockdown situation, travel from and to the city should have been banned.
The imposition of restrictions on some activities here came amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law due to the development in Marawi City, involving the Maute group.
Mayor Inday said under the revised situation in the city, government forces would exert efforts to prevent any untoward incident as a spill off of the Marawi clashes.
“What we are doing now is preventing the violence from coming into Davao City and preventing violence from erupting inside the city,” Mayor Inday said.
She said a set of guidelines for Dabawenyos and those visiting the city had been crafted.
For example, religious activities are encouraged to be conducted during daytime. For Muslims, who conduct iftar and pray at night during the Ramadan, Mayor Inday said they were encouraged to hold their activities inside mosques and residences.
Minors are also “extremely discouraged” to go out of their residences, except when accompanied by adults.
“These are just guidelines, it will be added once the official proclamation of Martial Law will come out,” she said.
She said that no penalties will be imposed against those who will be caught violating the guidelines except if they will violate the existing laws of the city.
Mayor Inday also reminded the public that if they have seen people wearing or carrying the printed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag, they should immediately report them to the Central 911.
“If you have seen a person wearing a shirt with ISIS flag, or carrying a sticker or anything that has the ISIS flag, report it immediately to Central 911,” she said.
Buddy system is also encouraged for those who will go out of their houses at night, including those working on night shifts.
Mayor Inday said security forces are also doubling their efforts to secure the five Maute group members, who were arrested in the aftermath of the Roxas night market bombing.
The suspects are currently being held at the city jail.
“There are identified members of Maute group inside Davao City, but they are under the control of our law enforcement authorities,” she said.
Mayor Inday also said that if an individual has nothing to hide and is not a member of the terrorist group, there should be no reason for him to be scared of Martial Law.
“I just want to say to all Dabawenyos, you have to understand that these are the times that we need to use our common sense in doing our daily activities, in taking care of our children and protecting our persons and residences,” she said. CIO