Mayor Beng cites lawmen for anti-drug, crime breakthroughs PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2014 16:59



Mayor Beng Climaco has cited the police and military including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for the series of breakthroughs obtained in the fight against illegal drugs and crime elements recently.

This, as police and military authorities arrested in barangay Sangali last week, 2 suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group linked to several kidnapping incidents in the past. The suspects, Jimmy Nurilla and Bakrin Haris were nabbed Monday, June 16, by virtue of a warrant of arrest in connection with the kidnapping and serious and illegal detention with ransom case filed against a certain Walid. Walid eluded arrest.

PDEA authorities also last week intercepted 500 kilograms of shabu worth P1.5 million concealed in a box of rice cooker and sent to the city through a courier, LBC. The person who attempted to pick up the box from the LBC branch in Veterans Avenue was arrested. K-9 operatives sensed the presence of illegal drugs in the box.

In the past week, barangay tanods and officials of Canelar arrested the suspects in the murder of a hotel owner in Gov. Camins, a few minutes after the alarm was flashed about the fleeing suspects.

Mayor Climaco said these breakthroughs are proofs that the authorities are exhausting all efforts to ensure that the city is drug-free and criminal-free with the ultimate goal of sustaining peace and stability in Zamboanga.

The chief executive said the local government is constantly supportive of the police and military and other law enforcement units stressing that security is one of the priority agenda of her administration other than health and education.

For 2014, the city’s investment to public safety has tremendously increased manifesting full support to the peace-keeping efforts of the police and military.

Mayor Climaco has encouraged the public to contribute and share in the effort to keep Zamboanga City safe and secured, as the military, police and the local government cannot do everything alone.

“We need the support and cooperation of the public. If we work together and remain united, we will definitely obtain our goal”, she pointed out.— Sheila Covarrubias