Samal is both good defense location, vulnerable target

DAVAO del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said that the Island Garden City of Samal’s (Igacos) geographical location translates to an ideal area of defense but without the appropriate facilities it will be an easy prey to criminals.

“Without the facilities; obviously, lawbreakers will see it as a target,” said del Rosario in a press briefing on the Davao Regional Development Plan, Wednesday at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Convention Hall.

Citing the recent incident of abduction at the Holiday Oceanview Resort, he said, “it only indicates one thing, the security of the island is loose.”

He added that Igacos’ land area of 30,000 hectares is not easy to secure; thus, a heightened line of defense is immensely needed to fully guarantee the safety of the residents and the tourists.

He also explained a detailed security plan for the whole island, which the local government, hopefully will adapt: a helipad placed on the highest point of Igacos, to quickly locate the escaping law offenders since they cannot move fast in traversing the sea; the implementation of the laws on the shoreline; and clearing out the jetties scattered, leaving just enough number of pier to be sharply guarded.

As of now, the authorities already shown the artist’s sketch of one of the suspects. But del Rosario clarified that he does not believe that the suspects are members of the New People’s Army just because of the note they left at the resort which said, “para ito sa katarungan sa aming kumander (Parago),”.

“Anyone can write that, we still do not know the truth,” he added.

This, according to del Rosario has again drew the bad light to Mindanao. With years of lifting the tourism industry to a higher level, the incident washed away those efforts, resulting to a bad picture painted, “misconception has risen from the grave.”

But the governor ended his statement to a positive note, saying that the Davao Region has a distinct character, “we are heading to a better and progressive Mindanao, we must get there no matter what.”
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