Davao City heightens security alert due to ISIS threat

Acting Mayor Paolo Duterte revealed that Davao City is currently under threat from ISIS
• While he did not divulge further details, Duterte urged the public to remain calm and vigilant
• He also ordered the police to strengthen security measures in the city

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City is on heightened security alert following reports of ISIS threat in the president’s hometown. This was according to Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, an ABS-CBN News report said.

The younger Duterte, who is currently the Acting Mayor, revealed in a press conference on Thursday, July 7, that the city is currently under threat from the international terror group Islamic State (ISIS) and authorities have increased security in the area.

Duterte declined to divulge further details of the alleged security threat but he has assured that intelligence gathering and monitoring have already been intensified to verify the information.

He also advised the public to remain calm and vigilant even as he ordered Task Force Davao and the Davao City Police Office to strengthen security measures in the city.

Early in June, the Davao PNP released a terrorist watchlist of more than 20 individuals ahead of then President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s thanksgiving party.

The Davao police said they received information that members of the ISIS-affiliate Islamiyah Movement are in Mindanao to sow terror and violence. The group has been blamed for the series of bombings in Cotabato and Cagayan de Oro City as well as the kidnappings in the Island Garden City of Samal early this year.

This is not the first time that Davao City has raised its security alert due to threats from terrorist group ISIS.

In June 2014, then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte received a personal call from no less than President Benigno Aquino III who warned him of possible security threat and told him to take it seriously.

While no untoward incident happened following Aquino’s call, the warning has prompted Mayor Duterte to put the military and the police on heightened alert; implementing stricter mobile checkpoints across the city.