Mayor calls on Zambo police to intensify anti-crime campaign

June 23, 2010 10:21 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 23 –Mayor Celso Lobregat reiterated his call Wednesday for law enforcers to exert extra efforts to curb the commission of crimes, as he likewise appealed for public cooperation and support to the anti-crime drive.

He also instructed the police to intensify routine checks in night spots and other public places downtown following a shooting incident in a videoke bar on Gov. Camins Avenue last Tuesday.

Lobregat likewise ordered the strengthening of the enforcement of the no plate no travel policy, as most perpetrators were found to be motorcycle riding men whose vehicles bore no plate numbers.

Lobregat conferred Tuesday noon with police authorities headed by Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO), to review measures and to reiterate some instructions.

The incident at the videoke bar was preceded by a heated altercation between the two victims.

A retired Air Force man, who admitted shooting the second victim, turned himself in to the police claiming that he did it to defend the other customers from further harm.

Lobregat said police authorities should intensify inspections in nightspots and that armed customers, though possessing permits to carry firearms, should not be allowed to bring firearms inside night spots and other public places.

“You can’t carry firearms, even if you have permits to carry, especially inside churches, cockpits and other public places such as night spots,” Lobregat stressed.

He said the incident last Tuesday dawn was a clear indication that internal security in nightspots was lax.

“We should remind all security agencies that security guards in night spots (and other public places) should implement the law strictly,” he said.

In his meeting with the police authorities, Lobregat also reminded the law enforcers to strictly and relentlessly implement the no plate no travel policy to help deter the commission of crimes.

On the other hand, Lobregat said a number of the shooting incidents that occurred in the city the past days are already in the process of litigation as cases have been filed against suspects and warrants of arrest issued.

A number of these cases are motivated by personal grudge, according to the police.

De Ocampo called on the community to help provide information or cooperate with the investigations undertaken by authorities to ensure the swift resolution of the cases.

The support and cooperation of the community could be a big help to the case, De Ocampo said. (PNA) LAP/Teofilo P. Garcia/utb


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