Beng appeals to DND to augment security forces PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 July 2011 16:49

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco has reiterated her appeal to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to consider with utmost urgency the city’s request to augment security forces to help beef up patrols in coastal areas in Zamboanga.

The congresswoman’s appeal reinforces the request of the City Peace and Order Council and the city government to redeploy the Riverhine Battalion of the Philippine Army to Zamboanga City to augment the city’s security details in the wake of continuing threats from lawless elements specifically the recent kidnapping of 42-year old Gerfa Lunsmann, her 14-year old son Kevin Eric—both American citizens and her 19-year old nephew Romrick Jakaria of Malamawi, Basilan in Tigtabon.

Meantime, as a security measure, the congresswoman has strongly suggested the profiling of people in the community to determine the background and whereabouts of people concerned.

She said the police, military and the intelligence group of the different barangays should work together to come up with a profiling of people in the community to ascertain the background of people coming in and out of a certain barangay as well as monitoring their whereabouts. Aside from profiling there should also be strong linkage between the community or barangay, the police and military and the local government unit.

Security should also be strengthened further in the different villages specifically in coastal barangays, she said while attending the meeting of the City Development Coordinating Council (CDC) Friday morning.

She expressed elation that the CDC meeting afforded the barangay officials the opportunity and the city officials headed by Mayor Lobregat and herself to listen to the concerns of the barangay officials related to transportation facilities for emergency and security purposes.

There is also a need for a re-evaluation of security deployment in view of the lack of security forces in the city, she said.
On the other hand, the congresswoman said the latest kidnapping incident in Zamboanga will affect the promotion of the city but expressed confidence that the all sectors—military, police, the local government and the residents can work together to overcome the security challenges that the city is facing at present. — Marvin Segura