Zambo police on alert PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 11:13

The Zamboanga City Police Office has been in full alert status this week in connection with the signing by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) yesterday and the anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on Saturday, March 29.

OIC City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito  Casimiro said his entire 1,360-police force is in full alert the entire week as Zamboanga City is the melting pot of all types of people — law abiding citizens, those engaged in trading and commerce, entertainment and other economic activities, criminals and lawless elements  The city is also the center of education where many from neighboring provinces attend school in the different local colleges and universities.

Authorities are keeping tight watch on “spoilers” like the MNLF Misuari faction and the BIFF of Umbra Kato as well as the Abu Sayyaf that may commit atrocities or destabilization acts to show opposition to the GPH-MILF peace deal signing.

The government also expects retaliatory actions from communist rebels as a result of the arrest of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, top leaders of the CPP-NPA.

Communist guerrillas are also anticipated to carry attacks on police and military posts as they did in previous anniversary celebrations.

Sources MNLF and BIFF forces have massed at the border of Zamboanga City, Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte Thursday.

Trucks of army troops proceeded to the area to check the report and prevent any offensive moves.

“We are in full coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement units of the government in the maintenance of peace and order as the city is also the centerpoint of law violators from other provinces like Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and provinces in Zamboanga Peninsula and nearby other regions,” Casimiro said.

He said most of the law violations in this city have something to do with family feuds, rido, personal grudge, work related cases, business rivalry and the protagonists from other places are making Zamboanga City their battle ground.

Casimiro said the situation in the city is manageable and under control with full support of the local government unit.

He appealed to people to help the police combat lawlessness and criminalities.

“With the help of the populace by giving information to law enforcers if there are suspicious persons in their barangay. The police will be successful in combating crimes,” the OIC police director said. — Allen Abastillas