AVOIDING MARAWI VIOLENCE SPILLOVER
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has advised visitors and tourists to avoid her city over fears ongoing terrorist violence in Western Mindanao could spill over to Davao City.
Duterte-Carpio gave out the advice past midnight of May 23 as she emerged from an emergency meeting with security officials she called in wake of the attack by the terrorist Maute Group on Marawi City afternoon of the same day.
Duterte-Carpio’s advice comes just hours after President Rodrigo Duterte, her father, while in Russia on official visit, placed Mindanao under martial law to give government authorities more powers to end the terroristic violence.
While Marawi city is in western Mindanao more than 250 kms. away from Davao City in the southern part, Duterte-Carpio’s city is no stranger to violence that spilled out from trouble in other regions.
In 2003, while basking in pride for its excellent peace and order as Mindanao’s premier metropolis, terrorists sneaked into the city to launch two separate bombing attacks that killed dozens and wounded hundred others. In September last year, 15 people were killed and 70 others were injured, when alleged members of the Maute Group or the Abu Sayyaf bombed the city’s busy Night MarketNight Market on Roxas Avenue, as government troopers battled the terror group in fierce firefights in Marawi.
The attacks months apart in March and april on the Davao International Airport and the Sasa Wharf happened as government forces were waging an all-out war against Moro rebels in Central Mindanao.
Duterte-Carpio urged visitors to cancel their trips to Davao City if these are not important.
She also advised Davao residents to stay home, as in support to her father’s declaration of martial law, she has ordered deployment of land and sea police and military checkpoints to thwart entry of terrorists.
If they don’t want to be thoroughly inspected in multiple checkpoints, they should not come to the city, said the mayor.
There was anger and pain but Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio was confident her city remains standing tall despite the deadly blast that killed 14 people and injured 70 others at the crowded Night Market on Roxas Avenue on September 2.
The blast initially blamed on terrorists was the latest major attack on Davao City, the center of commerce and industry in Region Eleven in Southern Mindanao.
It will take a hundred bombs to put Davao City down, said Inday Sara at the Memorial Service held at the blast site a day after the bombing.
The military said the blast claimed many victims because the cellphone-triggered Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was rigged by two mortars: a 60mm and an 81mm.
Investigators are on the trail of two persons – a man and a woman — who left a backpack that contained the bomb at a massage nook of the Night Market, which has become a favorite evening destination for locals and tourists.
It is business as usual in Davao City, Inday Sara told media after a Mass at the Memorial Service presided by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles.
“The measure of success of terrorism is how long it takes for the victims to stand up. We must stand up now,” she said.
It will take a hundred bombs to put Davao City down, said Inday Sara.
14 DEAD, 70 INJURED
Terrorist group Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility for the deadly explosion at a night market in Davao City on September 2, 2016.
LIST OF VICTIMS
1. Adremesin, Jay – Wake at Angel Funeral Homes; to be
transferred to Nurallah, So. Cotabato (hometown)
2. Arellano, Maria Luz – Wake at Angel Funeral Homes; transported to Maputi, Banay-banay last September 4, 2016
3. Basilisco, Mercy – Wake at Angel Funeral Homes; transported to Matin-ao, Davao del Norte last September 4, 2016
4. Cagantas, Rogelio Jr. – transported to Tagbina, Surigao del Sur on September 3, 2016
5. Decolongon, Kristelle – Transported to Surallah, September 3, 2016
6. Larida, Deniel – Wake at Calinan Angel Funeral Homes
7. Larida, Melanie Faith – Wake at Calinan Angel Funeral Homes
8. Macacua, Pipalawan – Transported to Parang, Maguindanao last
September 3, 2016 at 3:15PM
9. Biscocho, Eufemia – Wake at Barangay 31-D (Residence)
10. Bisnon, Kristia Gaile – Wake at Cosmopolitan, Camus
11. Merecido, Ruth – Wake at Matina Pangi (Residence)
12. Nagal, Salvador Reginaldo – Wake at Hermes Room Cosmopolitan, Camus
13. Reyes, Christian Denver – Wake at Pisa Room Cosmopolitan, Camus
14. Sobrecarey, Evelyn – Wake at Palermo Room Cosmopolitan,
1. Cartagenas, Rosa
2. Ang, Mary Jane Lagamon
3. Fuertes, Marivic Dungog
4. Lopez, Sherry Ann
5. Ojeda, Kathreena Dungog
6. Palima, Daryl
7. Palima, Haemaccel
8. SAYON, PEARLIZA
9. Sobrecarey, Reyna Joyce
10. Jeukarnin, Or
11. Usman, Junaib M.
12. Egbus, Michael
13. Rodriguez, Camille
14. Rodriguez, Reezabeela
15. Bancil, Jeramil
16. Bancil, Myrna
17. Cajuelan, Teresa Sabellero
18. Cafe, Jean
19. Cafe, Orlando
20. Carayao, Jerome
21. Claro, Annie Lee
22. Cruz, April Ann
23. Cruz, Mary Grace
24. Delebios, Elmer Jr.
25. Depalubos, Vicenta
26. Esfortono, Joel
27. Gallardo, Chelly
28. Gallardo, Julius
29. Gonzaga, Romeo
30. Kara, Angeline
31. Lamban, Lasara
32. Lapeñas, Jesus Nelson
33. Larida, Dennis
34. Loreto, Joel
35. Maganding, Joy Tusan
36. Malang, Nasser
37. Malang, Raihana
38. Manalo, Fatima
39. Masucat, Wilfredo Jr.
40. Merioles, Glenn
41. Puton, Mylene
42. Rosal, Jenalyn
43. Salugsugan, Joan Marie
44. Sarong, Krishia
45. Tagadaya, Princess Sheena
46. Tagadaya, Steven Raeyan
47. Tayao, Samuel
48. Ampaso, Eldy
49. Artigas, Melvin Limosnero
50. Balili, Marieta Dalay
51. Bernales, Liezel
52. Cabaral, Glenn C.
53. Caforme, Olena
54. Campos, Errol Dominick Laping
55. Cañiba, Jamil Ambalgan
56. Esportono, Lilibeth
57. Goc-ong, Brando Subingsubing
58. Grecia, Anji Laura Alaban
59. Mannan, Farrusi Hadjulani
60. Merioles, Jasmine
61. Nacario, Emelita
62. Nacario, Erickson Villarosa
63. Padernal, Antonio Jr.
64. Pagaduan, Daniella
65. Reyes, Joan Juana
66. Samong, Dionane
67. Tandang, Karen
68. Torres, Donny Medel
69. Tumampos, Jay Baclayon
70. Uy, Flordeliza Bentonon