Protesters in Davao City will soon be banned to demonstrate around the area of Panacañang where the so-called Malacañang of the South is situated.
Councilor Bernard Al-ag, during the city council’s session last 21 November 2017, read the letter from the Presidential Security Group (PSG) requesting that protests shall not be allowed to be performed in and around the vicinity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s office while he is in Davao.
PSG mentioned in the letter, “It is incumbent to us to ensure that threats, hazards, and security vulnerabilities are addressed since the President uses the place an official meeting place during Cabinet meetings and courtesy call of prominent personalities and foreign dignitaries while in Davao City.”
It is also recommended by PSG that there will be no demonstrations to be allowed along the road in front of the DPWH, stretching from crossing Panacan to the bridge near Eastern Mindanao Command.
Committee on Public Safety Chairperson City Councilor Mabel Acosta, in a letter, expressed initial positive response to it. She added that protests in the area cause delay of trade and inconvenience to commuters aside from the fact that they compromise the helth, security, and safety of the people.
Councilor Acosta also emphasized that the protesters may still use the Davao Freedom Park to exercise their right to peacefully express their grievances They may use the area even without permit.
Panacañang is located inside the premises of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) equipment yard in Panacan, Davao City.
(Featured photo from davaotoday.com)