DAVAO del Norte – If he can keep his city safe, there’s no reason why Rodrigo Duterte can’t do the same for an entire province during a national sports event.
The Davao City Mayor assured the safety of over 15,000 athletes and visitors from all over the country attending the 2015 Palarong Pambansa that will be staged mainly at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City from May 3 to 9.
Duterte rated the threat level at 3, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest threat, in the upcoming week-long national games.
But the concurrent Regional Peace and Order Council 11 chair is insisting on implementing maximum security measures despite the low threat level.
“The reaction of government is always the same be it one or ten ang security threat,” Duterte said. “I expect nothing, but I am prepared for everything.”
The outspoken official pledged Davao City will lend security and medical support, in addition to the P1-million financial sponsorship they provided earlier to Davao del Norte, in order to help ensure the success of the Palaro.
Davao del Norte is hosting the 2015 edition of the largest school-based games supported by the Tagum Agricultural Development Company Inc. (TADECO), Damosa Land, Davao Packaging Corporation (DPC), Davao International Container Terminal, Inc. (DICT) and Pearl Farm Beach Resort.
Governor Rodolfo del Rosario acknowledged Duterte for his backing and for being on top of the security and safety plan for the national games.
“I am personally at ease that we will be able to provide unparalleled safety to everyone,” he said. “With the backing of the whole Davao Region, there is no reason for us to fail.”
Duterte has also called on the New People’s Army and other armed groups to stay away during the duration of the games, although he assured that if there is any threat at all, it will certainly not come from the NPAs, since it is not in their character to create chaos during such kind of events.