(POLL VIOLENCE) Beng asks police, military to ensure no spillover to Zambo Print
Monday, 08 February 2016 11:59

By  SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco has ordered police and military authorities to toughen security measures and ensure no spillover of election violence from the neighboring areas to Zamboanga City.

Climaco said authorities should remain aggressive in its campaign against any and all violators of the law particularly the gun ban as well as people who intend to sow terror in Zamboanga. On Sunday (Feb. 7), Bongao, Tawi-tawi Mayor Jasper Que was shot and wounded by two riding in tandem in Baliwasan while on his way home aboard a car from the Zamboanga airport. Authorities suspect the incident to be election-related.

Zamboanga City, she said should not be made a battle ground for conflicts or feuds that emanate from other areas.

As the election period approaches, the police and military should be more cautious against those who intend to disturb the peace in Zamboanga, the chief executive added.

In line with this, Mayor Climaco called on COMELEC to swiftly act on the request of the League of Cities of the Philippines to allow chief executives to carry guns and have body guards during the election season. The League approved the resolution in a meeting in Tagaytay a week ago stressing that mayors are “more vulnerable to election violence than national officials because they are down on the ground when they are exposed to dangers daily.” — Sheila Covarrubias