Editorial: A snappy salute to the guards-A A +A
Sunday, March 17, 2013
EXCEPT for the Sayawan sa Da’n and the very long Parada Dabawenyo that tangled vehicular traffic for hours, the 76th Araw ng Dabaw was relatively quiet; and yet it was a success.
The city remained peaceful, despite the huge number of people all over the poblacion. Locals and visitors alike were going around, filling up malls, clogging up the restaurant rows, and doing just about everything one can do in a grand Filipino fiesta. There were meetings and conventions and launchings and business openings, it was difficult to keep track of all the activities.
Davao has indeed arrived as a place to visit and make business in. We have ourselves to thank for that, along with our public officials and business executives who take pride in drumming up interest for the city.
For all these, we are most thankful to all those who watched quietly on the sidelines to ensure peace and security. Another successful celebration has pass, the city’s security forces can now brush a sweat or two above their eyebrows. Still, we hope they won’t let down their guard, as we remain fully aware that men of ill intentions still lust for the city we love. It is a never-ending call for vigilance as the city grows and grows faster than we can keep track of, and as crowds grow bigger and bigger.
To the Task Force Davao, the Police Regional Office, and most of all, the Davao City Police Office: our heartfelt thanks for allowing the people to celebrate without having to worry about their safety.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 18, 2013.