Mayor not to accept deportees, corrupt cops in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:21

Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar has voiced her objection to the entry of thousands of deportees and hundreds of errant police personnel to the city of Zamboanga.

Climaco- Salazar said that she is planning to propose a resolution not to accept thousands of deportees expected to arrive in the city as a result of a crackdown on illegal workers by Malaysian authorities.

“Aquellos hende na Zamboanga, no mas ya recivi.. we are still suffering from the siege,”  said Climaco- Salazar during her regular press briefing yesterday.

The mayor also expressed opposition to the arrival of 300 policemen facing administrative charges to the city, saying that it will be a “burden for the city government.”

Climaco- Salazar is referring to the reported murder of a policewoman in Vitali last year, an incident reportedly linked to the fatality’s connection to the illegal drug trade.

Climaco- Salazar also expressed protest on receiving police personnel who are not knowledgeable about the Zamboanga culture and Chabacano language.

“We are just having our hands enough to form police to have them be excellent providers to protect and serve and here comes another set who are not knowledgeable about our language and our culture,” Climaco- Salazar pointed out.

Recall that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has announced the pending arrival of about 7,000 deportees during the early part of this year.

At present, government agencies are reportedly coordinating to respond to the influx of deportees to Zamboanga city, considered as a gateway to cities and provinces in the Zamboanga Peninsula and to the island provinces of Sulu, Basilan and Tawi Tawi.

The other week, President Rodrigo Duterte also proposed to transfer around 300 policemen accused of corruption to Mindanao, particularly to the provinces of Sulu and Basilan.  (E-media)