DAVAO CITY—Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the city’s police and called on the military to impose a higher level of alert in the city as President Aquino relayed intelligence information on the presence of international terrorists in Mindanao.
Duterte hastily convened a command conference on Thursday night at the Grand Men Seng Hotel after a telephone call from the President, who instructed him to ensure the safety of the people.
“Do not take it lightly,” Duterte quoted President Aquino, who phoned him at about 5 p.m. on Thursday. The mayor echoed the same to police officers, military commanders and concerned agencies, saying “coming from the President, it is a serious matter.”
While there was no specific detail provided to him, Duterte said he wants everybody to do more to ensure that the city remains peaceful and safe.
Duterte said the government is pursuing “persons of interest” or people on the radar of the government security forces. Duterte expects more mobile checkpoints and the enforcement of stricter checks at entry and exit points of the city.
“I task everybody to cooperate,” Duterte said.