Mayor calls for ‘no backpack’ policy in Davao City’s places of worship

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A “NO backpack” policy in all places of worship has been ordered in Davao City to help security forces monitor more easily potential terror threats following Sunday’s bombing of a Catholic church in Jolo, Sulu. “The city mayor has instructed us that churchgoers should no longer bring backpacks in going inside their places of worship for security reasons,” Ret. Gen. Benito T. de Leon, head of the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) head said in a statement. In cases where backpacks or big bags need to be brought by churchgoers, the PSSCC asked for the public’s cooperation to submit themselves to inspection. Mr. De Leon also said that they have coordinated with church leaders in Davao to include this call in their announcements. Joint forces of the Davao City Police Office, Task Force Davao, and the Davao police auxiliaries will be deployed to churches.





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