Davao City releases 30-point guideline under martial law

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Davao City releases 30-point guideline under martial law

In this May 2, 2017 photo, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio speaks to reporters. Davao City Government/Released

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City released a list of guidelines for the public to consider while Mindanao is under the state of martial law.

The guidelines were released a day after Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, revised her decision placing the city "on lockdown" in view of her father's declaration to a "hold-and-secure situation."

"Mula sa lockdown, we have changed the situation to a hold-and-secure situation," Duterte-Carpio said at a televised news briefing on Wednesday.

The Davao City government then released guidelines for Davao residents while martial law is in effect:


1. We will implement a “Hold and Secure” method in ensuring the security of our people.

2. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious-looking persons, materials and actions by group of persons.

3. Exercise prudence in planning your activities.


4. Travel to and from Davao City is discouraged, as well as in other places in Mindanao, unless there is an urgent matter that needs to be attended to.

5. Do not leave your residence if you do not have business or matters to attend outside.

6. Traveling via motorcycle convoys is discouraged.

Crowded places, churches and concerted activities

7. Avoid crowded places.

8. Religious activities are encouraged to be conducted during daytime. Muslims observing Ramadan are encouraged to hold their activities inside mosques and residences.

9. All rallies and large-group activities should have permits from the local government.


10. Ensure that you have updated vehicle registration papers, and driver’s licenses.

11. Ensure that you have valid and existing licenses for your guns [License to Own and Posses Firearm (“LTOPF”) and Permit to Carry (“PTC”)].

12. Cooperate with the AFP and PNP personnel conducting checkpoints.

13. Familiarize yourself with the contents of your own baggage. Do not accept baggage from strangers.

14. In the conduct of checkpoints, turn off your headlights and turn on your overhead lights during inspection.

15. Allow the inspectors to smoothly make the inspections.

16. Always bring a valid personal identification document.

Minors and evenings

17. Minors are extremely discouraged to go out of their residences except when accompanied by adults.

18. Avoid going out late at night and consuming excessive alcohol.

19. Buddy system is encouraged to those who work at night especially during travel to and from work.

20. We encourage that you conduct your personal activities in the daytime.

21. Loitering in all areas is discouraged.

Personal belongings

22. Do not leave bags and other personal belongings unattended.

23. Do not leave your cars unattended for a long time.

24. Do not retain large sums of money in your residences.

Business establishments and schools

25. Business establishments and schools are required to create emergency plans for their respective premises.

26. Business establishments and schools are encouraged to invest in private security, modern security equipment and fire extinguishing equipment.

27. Do not retain large sums of money in your premises.

28. Schools are encouraged to implement tighter security measures by properly screening guests.

Tourists and tourism activities

29. Tourists are discouraged from going to areas that are not included among the main tourism areas of the city.

30. Always bring with you your passports and other proofs of identification.

President Duterte declared martial law set to last for 60 days in Mindanao on Tuesday after the Philippine military clashed with the Maute Group in Marawi City, about 120 miles northwest of Davao City.

"The president has called me and asked me to announce that as of 10 p.m., Manila time, he has already declared martial law for the entire island of Mindanao," presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said at a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

The Malacañang official said the imposition of martial law on Mindanao is "to suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety."

READ: Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

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