MANILA, Philippines – Davao City is on lockdown and the public are advised to stay home amid the declaration of martial law following the bloody clash between government troops and members of the Maute Group on Tuesday, May 23.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the police and the military have already installed checkpoints around the city and are on the lookout for the possible presence of the terrorist group.
“If you do not have important things to do outside your residences, you just stay home,” said Mayor Duterte early morning Wednesday.
“In fact, don’t travel anywhere at all, because Martial Law covers the entire area of Mindanao, especially so here in Davao. Security will be stricter here because this is the hometown of our President,” the presidential daughter added.
The mayor also said there are already “pursuing efforts” by the city’s security forces to remove any Maute Group members from Davao but could not give specific details.
President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Mindanao under martial law for the next 60 days following the Marawi siege. He is now on his way back from Russia after cutting short his state visit.
The presidential daughter said the authorities will start picking people whom they suspect to be symphatizers of Maute, ISIS or Abu Sayyaf once they received an official copy of the president’s order to suspend the ‘writ of habeas corpus’.