CPOC seeks protocols for ‘visiting lecturers’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 March 2016 12:05

The City Peace and Order Council chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco on Wednesday approved a resolution that seeks to formulate and implement standard protocols or procedures on inviting over speakers and lecturers, especially foreigners so that proper coordination can be done for their safety and security purposes.

Mayor Climaco explained that the resolution calls for the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Bureau of Immigration (BoI) to guide the local government unit in dealing with foreign professionals, scholars or preachers and even entertainers coming to Zamboanga for speaking engagements and other related activities.

This developed after a Saudi Islamic scholar and his embassy attaché companion, were shot and wounded Tuesday night outside the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) gymnasium.

Col. Juvymax Uy, commander of Task Force Zamboanga, suggested the measure as he observed that the coming of two Arab nationals was not properly coordinated with the other important agencies.

Thus, under the CPOC resolution, any organization or institution wishing to invite speakers-cum lecturers must inform and coordinate with the local government unit and the police at least one week before or prior to the event.

“The one week period will give us the opportunity to scrutinize or check on the background of the invitees, share and evaluate the information whether or not their presence in the city will be secured for them and the participants or Zamboanga City in general,” Climaco further said.

In this manner, the CPOC members were hopeful that Tuesday’s untoward incident will not happen in the future.

This, without saying, that one of the Arab nationals, Dr. A’id Al-Qarni, a world renowned speaker and writer, was reportedly a subject of interest by certain groups, according to open sources on the internet.

“We are not saying the report is true, but if we only have had a background check on Dr. Al-Qarni, then we could have advised him not to proceed and there would have been no attempt on his life,” the CPOC said.

In a related development, the CPOC has passed another resolution, reiterating its longtime request to the BoI to furnigh the city government with a list of foreign nationals residing in Zamboanga for purposes of protecting them.

“We made the request long ago during the time of Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro (as city police director) but until now the Immigration has not yet given us the list, and so we are again asking the Immigration for a copy or list of foreign-residents in the city,” the chief executive said.— Vic Larato