Duterte may give last speech as mayor during Pasko Fiesta

MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte will deliver possibly his last public message as the chief executive on the opening of the Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw festivities along San Pedro Street on Dec. 4.

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, spokesperson of the 2015 Pasko Fiesta executive committee, said at yesterday’s iSpeak media forum in city hall that they expect to hear some positive encouragement from Duterte, who recently expressed his intention to run for the presidency.

Alejandre cited the timing of the opening ceremonies as the mayor may fly to Manila on the morning of Dec. 5 to file his certificate of candidacy.

Even if the deadline is still five days away on Dec. 10, the early filing for subsitution will give Duterte time to process the necessary documents if his application will encounter some problems.

Alejandre said that there is no marching order yet whether Duterte is going to take part in another production number. During the opening of the Kadayawan festival earlier this year, the mayor danced to Silentó’s Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) and Brandon Beal’s Twerk It Like Miley.

On the Pasko Fiesta opening, spectacle performances and lighting ceremonies of the city hall’s Christmas decorations will ensue as well.

The city spent P600,000 for the Christmas decorations and lighting equipment this year. The “high tech” lightings (as described by Alejandre), which were sourced from China, had some delays before reaching the city because of the cancelled flights during the APEC summit in Manila, affecting cargo and passengers.

Nevertheless, personnel have already been setting up the decorations for the past two weeks.

The dominant distinctive features of this year’s decorations are the use of the colors red and blue said Alejandrew. The meaning of the use of these colors, according to Alejandre, are left for the public to figure out. “Para sa pagbabago,” he hinted.

Pasko Fiesta will include activities like parties around barangays, singing, band and jingle contests, a street dance party, a musical concert and Smart Communication’s Torotot Festival.

Security heightened

Meanwhile, at least 3,000 PNP personnel from Davao City Police Office will be deployed to provide security during the Pasko Fiesta.

City police spokesperson, Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, said that 1,500 personnel from City Mobile Group, Public Safety and Security Company, Mobile Patrol Unit and the bike patrol will be maximized for the duration of the annual tradition.

“They will be deployed in the activity area during the Pasko Fiesta and some of them will be on stations ,”Driz said.

They will also ask 150 personnel from Regional Public Safety Battalion to provide additional security, as the city will be on high alert status starting Dec. 1.

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