Mayor seeks transter of Abu inmates to Manila PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 13:39

Mayor Beng Climaco has sought the intervention of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to transfer 57 Abu Sayyaf Group members detained at the Zamboanga City jail to Manila due to security risks.

Climaco immediately called the two secretaries Monday following the foiled attempt by Abu Sayyaf members to spring ASG detainees at the city jail along Calixto St. Clearing operations conducted by police and jail authorities yielded three .45 caliber pistols with 140 rounds of ammunition embedded on a portable concrete cooking stove brought in by a visitor of one of the high profile inmates.

The mayor believes that the transfer of the high profile inmates to a more secure site in Manila will minimize security risks as well as the trauma experienced by Zamboangueños in the aftermath of the siege in 2013. Reports say that these inmates were arrested due to crimes committed either in Sulu or Basilan.

On Monday, the chief executive also ordered police and military units to intensify patrols to thwart internal and external threats particularly jailbreaks.

Internal and external security including maritime defense have been mapped out in coordination with City Police Director Col. Angelito Casimiro and City Reformatory Center Warden JCI Julius Arro who have instituted contingency plans.

Mayor Climaco credited the proactive vigilance of stakeholders in detection and prevention of incidents with combined force ready for interdiction.

“Primordial concern is to keep Zamboanga City safe,” the mayor declared.  — Sheila Covarrubias