CD urges evidences on PNP in rice smuggling yarn PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:45

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro yesterday challenged those with complaints against members of the police force to give solid evidence and pursue the proper channels to facilitate investigations.

This is in light of accusations of the alleged involvement of police officers and media practitioners in the payola of rice smugglers in the City.

Casimiro emphasized that a proper investigation must be anchored on facts and evidences – all of which should be properly documented.

“Everything has to be in document because we cannot accuse somebody in court, or accuse somebody administratively, based from a piece of paper that was given to us,” Casimiro said, who enjoined those with testimonial and documentary evidences of information regarding the rice smuggling issue to come forward.

Anything otherwise is “poor investigation”, the police chief emphasized.

At this time, Casimiro said that his office is also waiting to officially receive the documents from the Sangguniang Panglungsod on the rice smuggling expose.

“Up to now we are still waiting for any document coming from the Sanggunian, and we will work on it once we receive it,” he said.

In terms of custom and tariff cases, Casimiro stated that the Zamboanga City Police will remain supportive to the primary agencies involved in the importation and transportation of rice but will primarily focus on crime prevention and solution inasmuch as such cases fall under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Customs.

Meanwhile, Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked security forces to intensify their anti-smuggling efforts to rid the City of rice smuggling and other illegal activities.

The chief executive also reported that the City has transmitted to the President the SP resolutions calling for the full-blown investigation on the smuggling activities in the City. — Jasmine Mohammadsali