CPOC tackles today spate of shootings PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 16:09

Mayor Celso Lobregat convenes today the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) to tackle the prevailing peace and order situation in the city in the wake of the numerous shooting incidents which records show are mostly motivated by personal grudge.

Invited to attend the CPOC meeting at the City Hall Conference room this afternoon are top officials from the Philippine National Police, Western Mindanao Command, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Coast Guard and other concerned agencies.

Mayor Lobregat, who heads the CPOC, said the police and the military have standing orders to stop and resolve the various shooting cases in the city. He likewise appealed to out of town politicians to spare Zamboanga from their political strife.

The authorities have established personal motives as the root cause of most of the shooting cases that happen in the city. A number of arrests have also been made on suspects on some of the cases.
Today’s meeting will also tackle about the numerous anti-drug operations conducted in some barangays lately as well as developments on the investigation of all ports—legal and illegal, that are constructed in the city’s coastal barangays and are used as entry and exit points of contraband items including black corrals and other prohibited marine products as well as victims of human trafficking.
The proposed reorganization of the City Police Office is also expected to be discussed today.

Meanwhile, the mayor has urged all residents specifically barangay officials, tanods, intelligence networks and other volunteers to support and cooperate with the authorities by sharing any and all information that may lead to the solution of crime incidents that occur in the city.

He added that the police and military authorities cannot be successful in their peace and security efforts without the support and cooperation of all sectors. — Sheila Covarrubias