Lobregat asks PNP to step up visibility, drive vs video carera PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2011 16:29

Mayor Celso Lobregat has directed the City Police Office to step up police visibility in the wake of the increasing crime incidents.
At the same time, the chief executive ordered police authorities to intensify the drive against illegal slot machines or the so-called ‘video carrera’ and other illegal gambling activities proliferating specifically in the barangays.

Mayor Lobregat said high police visibility should be sustained in strategic areas to help deter the commission of crimes. High police visibility would include the random checkpoints in the streets to check on violations of the gun ban law as well as driving rules and regulations including a check on registration and franchise documents of vehicles.

“I have instructed the police and Task Force Zamboanga to make their presence felt by increasing police visibility”, the mayor told media men stressing “within the next few days you will see a lot of police activities”.

The chief executive said he could not divulge the specific plans and activities being done or that will be done but emphasized that “something is being done to ensure the maintenance of peace and security in the city”.

On the other hand, the mayor has instructed the police to apprehend operators of slot machines popularly known as “caballo-caballo” and confiscate the machines.
The mayor issued the directive while in barangay Culianan for a special occasion recently where he received reports about the proliferation of the illegal video machines. 
“I gave specific instructions to the police to apprehend all operators of caballo-caballo, no matter who the owners are”, he added. — Sheila Covarrubias