BY MORIE AGUILAR
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will set into place a security plan to ensure a trouble-free 2015 Palarong Pambansa.
The weeklong Palaro, the first in the Davao Region, will be held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte from May 3 to May 9.
An expected 15,000 athletes and visitors are expected in the event to be held at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex.
Duterte, chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council in Region XI (RPOC XI), said he sees no threat to the athletes and the public but added that “we are prepared for everything.”
Two weeks ahead of the annual games, Duterte on Monday, April 20, presided over a meeting of RPOC XI to discuss security plans.
Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario thanked Duterte for helping to ensure a safe Palaro. Alex Roldan, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial director, said government agencies are locking arms to make the Palaro a big success.
The Davao City government donated P1 million to the games.
Duterte said authorities are deep into intelligence gathering and monitoring but was confident that the communist New Peoples’ Army (NPA) would not attempt to carry out violence to disrupt the games. The NPA has a heavy presence in the province and neighboring Compostela Valley.
Duterte, in the meeting, jested that the was inviting the communist rebels to join the Palaro in friendship games with soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The Davao Region and nearby Caraga Region, tagged by the military as ‘hotbeds of the communist insurgency,’ have the biggest concentration of communist rebels in the country today where NPA fighters sporadically engage troopers and policemen in armed clashes.