MANILA - Davao City has been placed under lockdown after terrorist activity in nearby Marawi City prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Wednesday.
"Mayroon kaming in-implement na lockdown for Davao City so intense iyung -- mayroon kaming 3 checkpoints dito sa mga pumapasok sa Davao City," the President's daughter said in a phone interview with radio DZMM.
(We implemented a lock down for Davao City. We have 3 checkpoints for those entering our town.)
Duterte-Carpio said authorities are on the lookout for the possible presence of Maute extremists in Davao City.
"Hindi ko masyadong mabigay ang specific details. Mayroon kami dito, we are already pursuing efforts to remove po sila from Davao City... Kino-consider din namin na mayroon pang isa na nasa loob ng Davao City. Kinonsider din namin ang possibility na mayroong papasok from outside papuntang Davao City," she said.
(I cannot give specific details but we have extremists here and we are already pursuing efforts to remove them from Davao City. We are also considering reports that one extremist is still inside the city. We have also considered the possibility that other terrorists may enter Davao City.)
Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao after Maute fighters and a group under Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon torched buildings in Marawi City on Tuesday, sparking fighting that left 3 security forces killed and 12 other wounded.
Sporadic gunfire clattered throughout the city until early Wednesday.
Duterte-Carpio said the President, who is returning from an official visit in Russia, has called her to check on Davao City, where he was once a longtime mayor.
"Pinakaintindi ko sa kanya na kami na ang bahala sa pag-secure ng Davao City and he just focus sa problem sa Marawi City, and most likely problem areas na mangyayari rin in the coming days."
(I made him understand that we will secure Davao City on our own and he should just focus on the problem in Marawi City, and areas that will likely become problems in the coming days.)
The mayor urged her constituents and residents of other Mindaonao towns to avoid unnecessary travel and stay in their homes.