Mayor Climaco recalls 50 motorbikes given to police PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 11:51

by BHONG SIMBAJON

Mayor Beng Climaco has ordered the immediate recall of the Kawasaki Rouser motorcycles given to the Zamboanga City Police Office by the city government supposedly for its mobility force, in conducting patrol and in chasing riding tandem criminals.

During her regular Monday press briefing, Climaco told newsmen that when she personally initiated the rounds last Friday night on the eve of the Davao City bombing together with ZCPO Deputy City Director Supt. Jomari Albarico and TFZ Commander Col. Juvymax Uy, she saw to her dismay only six out of the 50 Rouser motorcycles hidden in strategic areas.

The mayor said that the intention of the city government in giving the high speed motorcycles to the local police was to increase visibility in the central district, but she said it has not served its purpose so far.

“I made my rounds before and after the Davao bombing and my order was to utilize all vehicles provided by the city government, but what did I see? Only six Rousers escondido pa na canto,” Climaco said.

While she appreciates the efforts of the local police station commanders in maintaining peace and order condition of their respective areas of responsibility (AOR), but as far as the Rouser bikes are concerned, the mayor is obviouly disappointed.

Because of what she has discovered, she also ordered the recall of the Honda XRM motorbikes issued by the city government through then former mayor and now Congressman Celso Lobregat to ensure that these vehicles are serving their purpose.

“We might reconsider the future purchases of vehicles for the local police. We need good feedbacks to this effect, we have provided them the motorcycle units and the gasoline allowances but unfortunately I haven’t seen them personally,” Climaco complained.

The mayor convened the Peace and Order Council Monday afternoon and poured out her frustrations on the use of the motorbikes to OIC City Director Supt. Luisito Magnaye.

Climaco said that she will be putting into writing her manifestations and will recommend to Magnaye to put directly under the supervision and control of the City Director the disposition of these patrol bikes.

The mayor has been receiving reports that allegedly the motorbikes are being used by some policemen for personal activities such in going tonight spots, as school vehicle service an others. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News