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By Yas D. Ocampo

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the local government here has appealed to the deputy mayors here to conduct dialogues with their tribe members to help prevent a siege that is still ongoing in Marawi City.

Carpio, in an interview during the Independence Day commemoration at Rizal Park Monday morning, said she told the 11 deputy mayors to ask their tribe members to be vigilant about the possible entry of troublemakers in the city.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana joins Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the 119th Independence Day celebration in Davao City on Monday. Also in the picture is Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Leonardo Guerrero and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles. (Keith Bacongco) Manila Bulletin

The city has a deputy mayor each for the tribes of Ata Manuvu, Iranun, Kagan, K’lata, Maguindanao, Maranao, Matigsalog, Ovu Manuvu, Sama, Tagabawa, and Tausug.

Carpio said the government was looking for a proactive approach to securing the city.

“We asked them to conduct dialogs with their respective tribal leaders, mga imam nila, and community leaders nila to just ipaabot ang message na hindi natin gusto ang kaguluhan dito sa Davao City (their imams and their community leaders to relay the message that we don’t want trouble here in Davao City),” Carpio said.

She said there are peoples who have chosen to live in Davao City because of a desire for multicultural unity and peace.

“That’s why marami sa ating mga conflict areas and unstable na peace and order, lumilipat dito sa syudad natin precisely for that (That’s why many of our conflict areas and unstable peace and order transfer here in the city precisely for that),” Carpio said.

“So hindi natin gusto na masira yung ano yung ininvest natin sa peace and order and sa unity among Davaoeños and visitors (So we don’t want to destroy what we are investing in peace and order and the unity among Davaoeños and visitors),” she added.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in an interview Monday, said it was possible there were supporters of the Maute Group inside the city and the military assets were already monitoring their presence.

Lorenzana added that there were barely around 20 people who were connected with the Maute Group who have been arrested, with another 250 still at large.

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