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Davao City vs. Mindanao Safety

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I guess my timing was bad. I started researching and working on an article about Saftety in Mindanao. You see, even though the Embassys have there warnings, there has not been much terrorist news lately in Mindanao for a while until recently.

When I started writing I could only remember the 3 Red Cross workers that were abducted back in January by the Abu Sayyaf on Sulu, an island group south of Mindanao. As of now, I think the only one hostage remains, an Italian.

June 28th a NPA group attacked an Army post in Torril, in the southern edge of Davao City. This area has been a problem since it is so far from the main part of Davao.

Now more recently there have been bombings in other areas of Mindanao.

A bomb blast in Cotabato city on Sunday killed six people and wounded dozens, followed by another attack in Iligan city on Tuesday that wounded three soldiers and about 10 civilians. Because of these bombings the UN World Food Program has suspended food distribution to these areas due to safety concerns for their workers.

An Article in GMANews TV has this information:

On Tuesday, two separate bombings in Jolo, Sulu and Iligan City in southern Philippines claimed six lives and wounded more than 40 people.

Shortly before 8 a.m., an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in front of a hardware store in Jolo. Police said two people were killed and 17 injured. About three hours later, another improvised bomb placed under a car exploded.

Last Sunday, a deadly bomb near a cathedral in Cotabato City killed five people and wounded dozens others.

The night before, another blast caused by a 60-millimeter mortar explosive in Datu Piang town in Maguindanao province injured three.

The military had said the bombings could be the handiwork of rogue units of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The MILF, however, had denied responsibility for the series of attacks.

Following the recent attacks on Tuesday, government forces in southern Philippines have been placed on heightened alert.

PNP chief Verzosa said all government forces in Mindanao were directed to set up checkpoints and secure vital installations like power pylons and communication lines.

“Due to these incidents, the PNP and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) have declared full alert at Mindanao and heightened alert at other areas of the country. We have directed our offices in Mindanao to secure vital installations and conduct intensified checkpoints,” he said.

AFP chief of staff Gen. Victor Ibrado directed the Western Mindanao Command and Eastern Mindanao Command to fortify existing checkpoints. Bomb experts and additional K9 units have also been deployed in the town of Jolo in Sulu province as well as the cities of Cotabato and Iligan. Sophia M. Dedace, GMANews.TV GMANews.TV

Most of these attacks are in areas that have been active with the MILF and have not been a problem in Davao.

I thank Mayor Rodrigo “Rudy” Duterte, Task Force Davao, the PNP and all other Military and Police agencies for keeping Davao a safe place to live for Filipinos and Foreigners alike.

We do need to be vigilant and careful no matter where you live, I still feel safe here in Davao.

6 Responses to “Davao City vs. Mindanao Safety”

  1. Evelyn says:

    i think i agree with you,bruce, that no matter where you live, there is chaos everywhere in the world..just lately there was a shooting that happened in miami,florida in a bday party.i think there were three gunmen who stormed and sprayed bullets in that bday party…in times like this ,i just pray— for my safety and of my family and the rest of the world..i think this is one best thing that we could do…PRAY

    • Bruce says:

      Evelyn,
      There are crazies everywhere in the world. The scary thing hear as in the middle east is the fundamentalists and anti government types. With poverty the poor will join because life cannot get worse so maybe joining will make life better.

  2. GraySpirit says:

    Sorry to hear about the bombings. I really liked Davao a whole lot, and although I think it’s a pretty safe city I’m going to camp out on Cebu. Hopefully things settle down a bit. Be safe.

  3. Bruce says:

    Shm,
    You are mostly right, but things happen. That is why there are checkpoints around the cities.

    • jury abragan tan says:

      jury says,

      life in davao is really cool and quiet. majority of its residents are christians and this is the reason davao is so blessed. to the glory our almighty thank you so very much

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