With the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the city government steps up in securing peace and order in the area to ensure safety for all.
During the media briefing on May 24 at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD), City Hall, CDRRMD Overseer Mario Verner Monsanto said that the department is prepared 24/7 to act on any untoward incident.
He also urged the media not to contribute to the publicity of terrorist groups who might want to be part of a prominent group.
Meanwhile, City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Officer Teddy Sabuga-a stressed that the terror acts experienced in Marawi now should be taken seriously. He also calls out to parents and individuals to stay in their homes if there are no necessary things to do outside. This is to minimize traffic and any untoward incident.
“Normal ang governance karon ug ang civil rights (Governance is normal as of the moment and the civil rights are not affected),” Sabuga-a said. However, protocols should be followed in checkpoints and other security measures of the military.
As for the public places, the Philippine National Police- Police Regional Office (PNP-PRO)-10 said that people are not restricted to visit malls, schools and other areas stating that it’s “business as usual” but security measures are stepped up and tightened.
President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the whole of Mindanao on May 23, 11:30 p.m. saying that the government needs the power to control the movement of threat groups, conduct searches and make arrests.