Beng eyes cash reward for top performing cops PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 July 2016 14:16

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco is seriously considering the grant of cash reward to any members of Zamboanga’s Finest and Task Force Zamboanga, who performed meritoriously in the line of duty, especially in the fight against criminality and illegal drugs.

During the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) meeting Wednesday, Climaco instructed city police director Sr. Supt. Luisito Magnaye and TFZ chief Col. Juvymax Uy to submit to her immediately their accomplishment reports and lists of personnel, whose performance in line of duty deserves more than just a certificate of appreciation and commendation.

“We have that fund (reward) in the city government and I would want that it be utilized for our police and military personnel, especially those that warrant not only certificates of appreciation and commendation, but even the use of our reward fund,” Climaco said.

“We need to encourage and protect our police personnel in the line of duty,” she added.

Climaco said she was inspired by her mentor, Cebu Mayor Tomy Osmeña, who gives P50,000 in cash for any police accomplishments.

She specifically cited SPO1 Sansibal Ladjabahari for standing in the rain to ensure the city’s peace and order and he has proven his worth as a police officer during the Guiwan bombing when he drove away onlookers, thus preventing more casualties.

The policeman already received twice certificates of commendation from the city government.

“(That) is an example of a police officer that we really want to give due recognition and (cash) reward as well,” the chief executive said.

She said the city government would really like to fully extend support to the PNP and TFZ, particularly those that are in the line of duty.

The mayor through the CPO was looking into the possibility of providing lawyers for police officers facing charges in court as a result of their duties.

It was also proposed during the CPOC meeting that anti-drug enforcers must undergo enhancement trainings in dealing with drug cases.

This came about following the observation of City Prosecutor Ricardo Cabaron that more often drug cases filed by the police are eventually dismissed due to technicalities.

It was also observed that in some criminal cases the elements of “probable cause” are present like the crimes were committed and the accused were probable suspects, but too weak to stand trial because the police handing the cases were short of know-how in building up the case against the suspects.— Vic Larato