By Yas D. Ocampo
Davao City — Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has called for a meeting of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) today to discuss the details of the local implementation of martial law that was declared by President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday night in Moscow in response to threats of terrorism in Marawi City.
Speaking to reporters on board the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, Mayor Carpio said that the CPOC will convene to protect the city which has become a target for extremists.
According to Mayor Carpio, Joint Task Force Haribon, which oversees the military operations in Davao City and nearby Samal Island, has asked for additional vessels to help protect the shores of the Davao Gulf.
The Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio del Pilar, for its part, was in town for an arrival ceremony from its mission to Singapore earlier this month.
The Hamilton-class cutter, along with a similarly docked landing craft BRP Davao del Sur, was at the Sasa Port Thursday for the ceremonies.
However, navy officials said these were not being deployed because of the proclamation.
Neighboring Tagum City has also intensified patrols and checkpoints at entry points, according to the local government.
Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon ordered local authorities to intensify local checkpoints in all entry points of Tagum City.
Rellon also asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to augment the personnel manning the city’s entry and exit points, the city’s information office said.
The peace and order council of the city, which met with the city’s anti-drug abuse council and the city’s disaster risk reduction management council convened Wednesday to assess the effect of the President’s order as a measure to protect the island from terrorism.
The incident affects Tagum City as it is planning to host large events, such as an international ASEAN Scout Jamboree in November.
Both the AFP and PNP will be assisted by the Security Management and Traffic Management Offices.
On their part, the Task Force Tagum – a special unit assigned by AFP to secure the city – remains on a high alert status and is in direct coordination with the Philippine National Police in the monitoring of actions of suspicious personalities as well as the confiscation of firearms with no legal documents.
Mayor Carpio, meanwhile, said that she would await calls by the LGU-led committees of the Regional Development Council and the Regional Peace and Order Council if these bodies decide to meet in response to the proclamation.
The Department of National Defense (DND), in a memorandum dated May 24, directed the Armed Forces and all bureaus and agencies under the DND to respect the rule of law and human rights.
The agencies, DND officer in charge Eduardo del Rosario said, “are hereby enjoined that the rule of law and human rights should prevail” in Mindanao.
“Any arrest, search and seizure executed or implemented in the area or place where martial law is effective, including the filing of charges, should comply with the revised rules of court and applicable jurisprudence.
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