Friday, February 1, 2019

"No backpack policy" Strengthens Martial Law Implementation

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - MGen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command said the reinforcing advisory of Archdiocese of Davao City issued by Bishop Romulo Valles and order of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio to implement "no backpack" policy to churchgoers in Davao City will strengthen the implementation of Martial Law and contributes in the attainment of the objective of preventing terrorism.

"We appreciate the advisory and directive of the Catholic Church and Davao City as it strengthens the implementation of Martial Law in Davao City. It provides our implementing units additional legal basis and authority in preventing terrorism, and ensuring the safety and well being of our people. We want to assure everyone that our soldiers assisting the police will be prudent in the conduct of implementation of the policy," MGen Santos stated.

In his command directive, MGen Santos Jr. urged soldiers to be culture and gender sensitive and stick on the principles of Martial Law implementation in the implementation of the said policy.

"The security of everyone matters, we must, however, be gender and culturally sensitive. Always be reminded to adhere to the principles we have set in the implementation of Martial Law which are rule of law, necessity, proportionality, and respect for human rights," he directed.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP


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