NO BACKPACKS PLEASE!
Davao City councilor Edgar Ibuyan has reiterated that the ‘no backpack rule’ imposed in city-government-sponsored events with huge public participation is in effect during the August celebration of the Kadayawan Festival 2014.
Police will be monitoring those violating the policy, said Ibuyan at the I-Speak media forum on Thursday at City Hall.
The rule is part of security plan to abort terrorists hiding explosive devices in backpacks, the standard luggage for Improvised Explosive Device (EID).
Ibuyan, member of the festival committee, updated media on preparations for the week-long festival. He was joined in the weekly forum of the City Information Office headed by information officer Leo Villareal, by city tourism officer Lisette Marquez, city councilor Ryan Alejandre and disaster management head Emmanuel Jaldon.
The rule was set into place last year during the Araw ng Dabaw celebration as backpacks left by terrorists played a bloody role in several bombing incidents elsewhere in Mindanao.
Backpacks bring sad memories to Dabawenyos. In 2003, a bomb hidden in a backpack ripped through a waiting shed of the Davao International Airport killing dozens and wounding more than a hundred.
The rule would be strictly implemented especially during the holding of the top-drawing Street Dancing (Aug. 16) and Floral Float Parade (Aug.17) events, which snake through the city’s main streets and expected to draw thousands of watchers.