Se­cu­rity tight­ened for Ka­dayawan fest

The Philippine Star - - THE NATION - By EDITH RE­GAL­ADO

DAVAO CITY – Se­cu­rity has been tight­ened for the cul­mi­na­tion of the 28th Ka­dayawan sa Dabaw fes­ti­val this week­end, with the much-an­tic­i­pated In­dak-In­dak sa Dalan street danc­ing to­mor­row and the grand flo­ral and fruit pa­rade on Sun­day.

Mayor Ro­drigo Duterte has pro­hib­ited the use of back­packs and the park­ing of cars on main thor­ough­fares as part of the se­cu­rity mea­sures.

“You have to un­der­stand but we have to make a lit­tle sac­ri­fice here. This is for the good of ev­ery­body,” Duterte said.

Po­lice have been on alert in this south­ern metropolis fol­low­ing the re­cent bomb­ings in the cities of Cota­bato and Ca­gayan de Oro and else­where in Min­danao.

Those who want to watch the In­dak-In­dak sa Kadalanan street danc­ing to­mor­row and the flo­ral float pa- rade the fol­low­ing day are pro­hib­ited from bring­ing back­packs.

No one is also al­lowed to park his car in any of the routes of the street dance and the pa­rade.

Duterte said those car­ry­ing back­packs in other crowded ar­eas shall be ac­costed by au­thor­i­ties, while cars parked in pro­hib­ited ar­eas shall be towed.

The sus­pected bomber in Ca­gayan de Oro City was said to be car­ry­ing a back­pack that he left on one of the chairs at an en­ter­tain­ment strip in the Limketkai Com­plex.

A car bomb was used in the ex­plo­sion in Cota­bato City last Aug. 5 that killed eight peo­ple and wounded more than 40 oth­ers.

“If they need to carry some­thing like feed­ing bot­tles or bot­tled wa­ter and any­thing else, they can bring with them trans­par­ent plas­tic bags,” Duterte said.

In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment Sec­re­tary Manuel Roxas him­self per­son­ally re­viewed the se­cu­rity mea­sures put in place by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties here for the Ka­dayawan fes­tiv­i­ties.

Roxas and Philip­pine National Po­lice chief Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Alan Purisima called for a com­mand con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the South­ern Min­danao po­lice head­quar­ters here to check on the po­lice forces de­ployed for the fes­ti­val.

Pres­i­dent Aquino ear­lier praised Duterte for the mea­sures he im­posed to make sure that no un­to­ward in­ci­dent would take place dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Duterte also tapped the Mus­lim com­mu­nity and barangay of­fi­cials to help mon­i­tor sus­pi­cious-look­ing in­di­vid­u­als.

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