The city council on Tuesday, August 6, passed a resolution requesting President Rodrigo Duterte exempting Davao City from the ongoing proclamation of Martial Law in Mindanao.
This was bared Committee on Peace and Order and Public Safety chair Councilor Ma. Belen Acosta during the regular session of the legislative body.
Acosta said the city council will wait for the response of the president on the request which was primarily sparked by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during the Davao Business Icon held Davao City recently.
Meanwhile, the resolution stated that the although the Local Government Unit of Davao City supported the declaration and continued to progress for the past two years, it was also noted that it had several effects on the city’s engagement in business, trade and investment.
In a formal communication addressed to Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom)-Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11, the city Mayor request thorough assessment on the security situation of Davao City.
Acosta divulged that in a letter dated July 16, 2019, Eastmincom commander lieutenant general Felimon Santos, Jr. states their support for the exclusion of Davao City from Martial Law, provided that all present security forces in the place and security measures and initiatives being implemented shall still be operational to avoid giving terrorist groups an opportunity to stage another attack in any part of Davao City.
Acosta, on the other hand, said PRO 11 regional director police brigadier general Marcelo Morales also responded positively on the letter provided, expressing their support on the exemption of Davao City from Martial Law with reference to the notable decrease in the city’s crime volume and criminal rate, and the considerable increase in crime solution efficiency due to the combined efforts of the AFP-PNP, City Government of Davao and other peace keeping forces.
The Peace and Order chair, however, said on July 31, 2019, the peace and order council during the regular meeting of the city peace and order council, the council unanimously passed a resolution requesting the president to exempt Davao City from Martial Law.