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Davao prepares for the worst terrorist, disaster scenarios

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By Yas D. Ocampo

Davao City – Loud shots were heard outside the City Hall in the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, right outside his old office along San Pedro Square here, Tuesday morning.

A group of masked men, clad in black and armed to the teeth, had shot civilians and armed personnel, immediately killing and wounding many of those spending a wonderful cloudy morning at the government complex.

After a few minutes of tension, armed responders positioned around different areas of the crime scene then responded simultaneously; sniper shots rang out from three directions, while on the ground, assault teams immediately honed in on the terrorists.

This was not a real attack but a simulation played out by Task Force Davao (TFD) as well as units from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Central 911, and Philippine Air Force (PAF).

TFD head Col. Erwin Bernard Neri said that the scenario was among the many possible attacks Davao City is preparing for.

DCPO chief Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said that the “attack” outside city hall was similar to the attack in Marawi, where there were active shooters threatening a government complex.

Meanwhile, the city is also strengthening its disaster response through the holding of the first Citywide Shakeout Drill this Friday.

CDRRMO chief Emmanuel Jaldon said that part of the preparations being made is the transfer of vital installations to safe and undisclosed locations. This is to make sure that there will still be a functioning government even after disasters like a major earthquake followed by a tsunami.

On July 14, at 9 a.m., the local government will sound its alarms for a simulated earthquake drill.

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