'No backpack' in Davao City on Election Day
Subscribe Now May 10, 2019 at 07:11am
The implementation of the policy aims to tighten security measures in the city as thousands of voters are expected at the polling precincts to cast their votes, the top officials of Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and Task Force Davao (TF-Davao) said during a media conference on Wednesday.
Col. Consolito Yecla, commander of TF-Davao, said the “No Backpack” policy was not new in the city, adding that the city government also implemented it after the deadly cathedral bombing in Jolo, Sulu last January 27.
Authorities also regulated the bringing of backpacks in the city, as a security measure during important events, Yecla said.
“It is because we are not only concerned about the election process but we are also focusing on the threat of terrorism,” he added.
DCPO chief Police Col. Alexander Tagum called for understanding from the constituents of Davao City when the policy is implemented on Monday.
“As much as possible, it is better if they can do away with bringing backpacks to lessen the burden of the security forces,” Tagum said.
He added that the DCPO would deploy one team of police officers in every voting area that would ensure safety and security protocols during the elections on Monday.
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