Dabawenyos unfazed amid terror threat-A A +A
Friday, July 4, 2014
DABAWENYOS are unfazed by the raw information on a terrorist threat that was passed on by President Benigno Aquino III to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a city councilor said, as he asked mall operators and store owners how the news affected them.
“We’ve asked if naka-apekto ba ni sa ilaha atoang threat and they said na wala. They are on their normal operations and ang sales nila wala niubos,” Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, official spokesperson for the Kadayawan Festival 2014, said during the i-Speak Media Forum on Thursday (July 3).
Alejandre added that it is a “good sign” because it means that Dabawenyos trust the local government, especially the Philippine National Police, in keeping the city safe.
“We want to project sa atong mga bisita and sa ubang lugar na, of course, when you’re here in Davao, you’re safe,” he said.
Councilor Edgar Ibuyan Sr., chairperson of Indak-indak sa Kadalanan, said that threats will always be there every time Kadayawan Festival nears.
He said that ever since he became the chairperson of the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, there have been news about such threats just around Kadayawan that keep them on their toes.
“Na-observe man jud nato nga peaceful atong pag-celebrate ana, purya buyag, so mao siguro na tanang tao diri pati mga dayuhan wala sila nagka-problema sa peace and order dinhi sa Davao (We have had peaceful celebrations in the past, that is why all people here, even foreigners, did not have problems with the peace and order here in Davao),” he said.
Ibuyan also added that they have already invited 12 out-of-town contingents for the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan and 29 Davao based contingents.
Moreover, Alejandre also pleaded to spread the word that Davao City is still safe especially to first-timers who wish to come to the City.
“Sa mga wala pa kaadto sa Davao, maka-think sila na gubot pero kita (To those who have not yet came here in Davao, they will think that it is not safe, but for us), we know how safe we are here in Davao,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 05, 2014.