DAVAO CITY: As Davao City prepares to greet the New Year, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) was placed on double red alert to protect the people from lawless elements taking advantage of the revelry.
This developed following intelligence report on threats from lawless elements but Police Chief Inspector Milgrace Driz, DCPO spokesperson downplayed the reports saying the city’s police force is on top of the situation.
Under a double red alert status, the public must expect more random checks citywide. According to Driz, the police see the need to a more heightened alert to maintain a peaceful celebration of the New Year.
Uniformed police officers will be deployed in the city while police in plainclothes will conduct intelligence monitoring.
The police have enjoined cooperation of the public for their safety calling on the people to welcome the incoming year peacefully without exploding firecrackers.
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on December 31 will treat Dabawenyos to a traditional and safety way of welcoming the New Year through the yearly “Torotot Festival”, which is already on its third year.
Despite the arrest of three persons last Christmas for violating the law banning firecrackers in the city, Davao City still registered a zero firecracker-related injury.
Duterte remained firm in the implementation of Davao City Ordinance No. 060-02 which prohibits the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession or use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. Since the last six years, the city has sustained a zero firecracker-related injury.
The mayor has reiterated his goal of protecting the welfare of the people. Last year, he ordered the arrest of three barangay officials after they were reported exploding firecrackers during Christmas eve.