BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Task Force Davao and the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) are on top of the situation.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has assured Dabawenyos that the city is on high laert for Al Qaeda-trained terrorists said to be prepping up for massive bombing attacks in key areas in Mindanao.
Although Davao City is not in the initial list of targets, we are not taking any chances, she said.
DCPO and TF Davao are working closely with Public Safety Command Center on contingency measures and on how to respond to any emergency, the mayor said.
Cotabato City has been placed under heightened security following information it is one of the targets of the terrorists.
The alert was implemented after the Joint Task Force Group Kutawato and the Armed Forces of the Philippines confirmed that Jemaah Islamiyah expert bomb maker, Basit Usman, last week deployed 20 newly-trained bombers for test missions in Cotabato City, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.