Security in place for Widodo’s visit

THE POLICE and military are strengthening their security measures in the city in preparation for the state visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo this Sunday.

Close to 4,000 security personnel will be on alert during the activity.

Widodo will be in the city for the launching of the roll-on roll-off (Roro) shipping route, which is expected to link Davao City and Bitung City, Indonesia, at the Kudos Port in Sasa.Speaking on Wednesday’s AFP-PNP press conference held at Davao City Police Office (DCPO), spokesperson Sr. Insp. Ma. Theresa Gaspan said the concentration of police deployment will be at Sasa area during the state visit.

However, the police personnel will conduct random checkpoints within the city to prevent untoward incidents during the state visit, Gaspan said.

In a separate interview, Task Force Davao (TFD) Commander Col. Erwin Bernard Neri said they are deploying a total of 600 agents to support the police in securing the city during the visit of Widodo.

Neri said they are intensifying their checkpoints in the entry and exit points of the city.

“Our troops are already conducting foot patrol in the area,” he added. “We are making sure that there will be no any untoward incident that will happen during the visit.”

Major Ezra Balagtey, the spokesperson of the Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), said they will give their full support to the security forces, especially to the Presidential Security Group (PSG), in monitoring the land, naval, and air security component through their Joint Task Force (JTF) Haribon.

“The command has Joint Task Force Haribon that integrates all the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) here in the area,” Balagtey said.

Meanwhile, Supt. Ernesto Castillo, the chief of DCPO’s Traffic Group, said they will provide security on the road and conduct road clearing operations.

Castillo said there would be no rerouting during the visit of the Indonesian’s head.

“Early morning on Sunday, around 65 traffic police and 30 manpower augmentations from the City Traffic and Transport Management Office (CTTMO) will be deployed to secure and man the traffic,” he added.

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