Anti-admin rallyists in Cebu call to end martial law, war on drugs
admin • September 22, 2017 • 8979
More than 100 rallyists gather at Plaza Independencia to join in the National Day of Protest on Thursday (September 22, 2017)
CEBU, Philippines — In Cebu, more than 100 rallyists gather at Plaza Independencia to join in the National Day of Protest on Thursday.
The group held a wreath-laying ceremony and torch lighting at the martial law marker to mark the deaths of the victims of human rights abuses during the martial law under the Marcos regime.
They also called for the end of the existing martial law in Mindanao as well as for justice for the deaths of the victims of the anti-illegal drug campaign of the government.
“The government’s actions show their disrespect to the human rights and an indication that we are headed to a dictatorship,” said The Silent Majority chapter head Atty. Vincent Isles.
Overall, authorities declared the said protest in the city as generally peaceful.
In Davao, the Mayo Uno Mindanao chapter slammed the Task Force Davao after it allegedly prevented them from entering the city to hold a protest.
In a Facebook post of the group’s spokesperson, he said taskforce Davao blocked two jeepneys filled with rallyists.
Those onboard the jeepneys came from Calinan at Sirawan, and was set to join protest.
The management of the Task Force Davao, on the other hand, denied the accusation and added that three buses and a jeepney with more or less 100 individuals onboard was able to pass through their checkpoint.
After checking on them, it said personnel of the task force even accompanied them to the Freedom Park.
More than 500 demonstrators gathered in the Freedom Park of Davao to express their opposition to the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and the alleged human rights violations committed by soldiers. — Abi Sta. Ines | UNTV News & Rescue
The Task Force Davao said it will heighten security in Davao City following the bombing incident in Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday (January 27).
TF Davao Commander Consolito Yecla reported that additional personnel have been deployed to various checkpoints and buses that enter the city are thoroughly inspected.
“We immediately alerted our checkpoints and we conducted a thorough inspection, especially the bus passengers entering Davao City. We inspected the buses utilizing canine dogs and deployed additional personnel in the checkpoints, especially in the Sirawan checkpoint,” he said.
They also advised the management of the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) to implement the policy of not picking up of passengers outside the terminal.
Meanwhile, Davao City Police Office Chief Colonel Kirby John Kraft said beginning next week, all police stations in the city will have 24-hour checkpoints.
Travelers are also encouraged to cooperate during inspections and residents are reminded of the “no-unattended-baggage” policy, especially at terminals.
One elderly and seven others were hit by shrapnel from an explosion near a Yellow Bus unit on Wednesday. AAC
Some P2.4-million worth of illegal drugs were seized by authorities at the Sirawan checkpoint in Toril, the Davao City government said.
In a news release, the city government said the dangerous drugs were confiscated by membes of the Task Force Davao on Monday from a vehicle traveling from Cotabato City.
Task Force Davao Commander Col. Consolito Yecla said one of the two suspects aboard the vehicle was also arrested. He was identified as Ronnie Martinez Jr., a resident of Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
“The suspect was checked at the light vehicle inspection area and requested to open his small sling bag. The duty inspector requested the driver to park at the side, but he drove away from the checkpoint leaving behind his small sling bag at the inspection area,” he said.
Martinez yielded three jumbo size heat-sealed, transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated weight of 150.43 grams valued at P2,406,880.
According to Yecla, the suspects drove away when asked to get off from the vehicle for inspection. The vehicle was later found abandoned in front of Gaisano Grand Mall in Toril.
One of the suspects reportedly rode a tricycle while the other ran towards Barangay Marapangi, he said.
One of them was later caught with the help of some residents who found him drenched after crossing a river. The other suspect appeared to have gotten away but left behind his wallet, which was turned over by the tricycle driver who gave him a ride.
Yecla expressed gratitude to those who helped in the apprehension of the suspect.
“We would like to give thanks and attribute this successful apprehension of the suspect to the tanods and residents of Brgy Marapangi. Indeed, they participated in our anti-terror campaign “May Nakita? Dapat Magsalita,” Yecla said, referring to the city’s public campaign against terrorism.
“We accomplished this without a fatality, and zero human rights violation,” he added.
The Davao City government has announced it will conduct a community exercise to test the residents’ cooperation with authorities and reaction to terrorism incidents in line with the city’s campaign on the “culture of security.”
In a statement issued on Monday, the city government said the Task Force Davao will hold next week the anti-terrorism simulation drill, which will evaluate the cooperation of city residents in reporting suspicious persons in line with its campaign dubbed as “may nakita, dapat magsalita.”
“The exercise also aims at eliminating the tendency of the public to panic, instead develop or increase their level of vigilance and aggressiveness in the fight against terrorism. This is also a test on impact of flashing or disseminating the identity of suspected terrorists to the public,” it added.
Task Force Davao Commander Col. Consolito Yecla said that this is the first time that the public will be involved in the city’s anti-terrorism simulation exercise.
“What we want to happen is to test how the individuals will react without causing panic in the City,” Yecla said.
In the scenario, the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) through the Central 911 will announce using radio stations and other means of communication the presence of 25 persons disguising as terrorists.
Each establishment, from churches, hotels and inns, restaurants, malls, and government establishments, will be targeted by five actors.
Once the “terrorist” is reported either to TFD, DCPO (Davao City Police Office), or the PSSCC, it will be counted as “neutralized” by the sector.
Yecla urged everyone, especially establishment owners and their clientele, to participate in the community exercise.
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