Business as usual in Davao City despite martial law

Claire Cornelio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 27 2017 09:02 AM

DAVAO CITY – While the declaration of martial law in Mindanao was met with much criticism, some residents of Davao City seemed not to mind the extra security in place.

A military tank and additional troops deployed downtown did not bother Davaoenos, who did not let the security measures of military and police dampen their evening's enjoyment.

Some took pictures and selfies with the tank.

Massage therapist Jason Galindo said it is normal for him to see authorities, like Task Force Davao, roaming the city day and night.

John Michael Bandala meanwhile said that seeing military and police officers made him feel safe.

It is business as usual also for vendors at the Rizal Park. Vendor Lorna Halapit, 66, told ABS-CBN News that she is happy that the military and police are friendly and approachable--far from what she experienced during the martial law in 1972.

A military personnel said they were on standby at the city hall since Tuesday, following the declaration of martial law by President Rodrigo Duterte.