Red alert in Davao City upgraded
Davao City (12 August) -- The red alert level in Davao City has been upgraded to ensure that the city's environs and the people are safe and protected especially during the celebration of the Kadayawan Festival.
Task Force commander Col. Eduardo del Rosario in an interview yesterday said the red alert status was imposed during the conduct of the ARMM elections and will continue until the holding of the festival.
"Nagsimula and red alert this week during the ARMM election at tuloy tuloy na ito hanggang sa Kadayawan," he said.
Del Rosario however denied receiving information or intelligence report on the alleged planned bombing to be staged by women members of the Abu Sayyaf in Davao City.
"We haven't receive any information of that nature," he said.
Del Rosario, however, said that they could not discount the possibility on the alleged plan of the Abu women and had alerted their troops to conduct inspection both for men and women especially those suspicious looking individuals.
It was also earlier reported that the women terrorists are also planning to bomb Tagum City in Davao del Norte and in Compostela Valley Province.
He said the group may have connections in these areas although he said they can not link the alleged plan to the recent bombings in Zamboanga and Cotabato City.
Del Rosario also said the terrorists do not trust the Muslim communities in Davao City because Davao Muslims are supporting the efforts of the city to combat terrorism.
He said they were able to set up a network with other Muslim leaders in the cities of Davao and Samal and have come up with plans to organize the Muslim communities.
"Although we have not receive any information of this sort we have enhanced our security requirements," he said.
He said they do not allow personnel to go on leave in order to maintain a 100 percent manpower force.
"The 73rd infantry battalion will be on stand by and would come in if additional troops are needed," he said. (PIA/pdbanzon) [top]