Beng assures legal support to police PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 August 2016 11:48

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Aside from logistical support, the City Government will also provide legal assistance to members of the police force to ensure that cases filed against value targets will prosper in Court, according to Mayor Beng Climaco.

In her message during the change of command at Police Station 11 Friday morning, Mayor Climaco said the City Legal Office under Atty. Jesus Carbon is committed to help and assist the police in filing cases against suspects in crime incidents. “I give you the firm commitment of the city that we will support you all the way. When I say all the way, we will even assist in the legal cases.”

“We realized that the role of fighting criminality does not end in capturing our targets but even the very important task of ensuring that we file the proper charges and it goes through the process of investigation,” the chief executive asserted.

In numerous instances, the police have encountered snags in Court, as numerous cases, some of them high profile cases, were dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Climaco said the police direly need assistance in its legal battle against crime suspects. She said the city’s legal aid to the police is also in line with the offer of City Prosecutor Ricardo Cabaron for prosecutors to train policemen in filing cases.

According to the mayor, the police are able to arrest high value targets but the problem lies in the filing of the charges, specifically in the submission of the investigative report that in many instances are being dismissed.

The City Government has been very consistent in its logistical support to the police that has already reached over P500 million in a record of three years (2013-2016) during Climaco’s administration. The assistance included the purchase of transportation and communication facilities, infrastructures, firearms, fuel, lubricants and even allowance for personnel of the police, task force Zamboanga, jail guards, aviation and other law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile, Mayor Climaco thanked PSupt. Diomarie Albarico for his efforts during his stint as commander of Police Station 11. Albarico, who is now the ZCPO Deputy Commander for Administration, was replaced by PSupt. Bonifacio Aranas Jr.

Also present during the turnover rites was PSupt. Luisito Magnaye, City Police OIC Director. —Sheila Covarrubias