TF Davao intensifies security measure in wake of Jolo bombings

Published August 25, 2020, 1:56 PM

by Armando Fenequito, Jr.

DAVAO CITY – The Task Force Davao has intensified security measures in this city after the twin bombings that happened in Jolo, Sulu on Thursday, August 24, which resulted in the death of at least 14 persons, and wounded 75 others.

Task Force Davao Commander Col. Consolito Yecla said in a text message Thursday they were strengthening their checkpoint operations in the three border control areas here, particularly in Lasang, Bunawan District, Sirawan, Toril District and Lacson, Calinan District.

He said, aside from the intensified operation at the boarders, they were also strengthening checkpoints at the Davao International Airport, seaports and Davao City Overland Transport Terminal.

Yecla said individuals wearing hijab will be subjected to inspection inside a cubicle.

“While we do not have direct threat in Davao City, we should never lower our guards against terrorists. We should always maintain our level of vigilance even in the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic, ” Yecla said. 

He said there will be deployment of additional Maritime Patrol in coordination with Maritime Forces to secure coastlines.

Yecla said his personnel will also conduct visits to the establishments or crowded areas for security checks and coordination with market managers, and security officers. 

He said motorcycles will also be prohibited from parking in all crowded areas, especially within the vicinity of Davao City Hall and other areas considered as maximum security zones.