Mayor seeks tighter BOI watch over terrorists Print
Saturday, 16 December 2017 15:56

Mayor Beng Climaco has called on the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and other related agencies to keep a much tighter watch on foreigners coming to the city to prevent the entry or infiltration of foreign terrorists.

Climaco specifically cited the need to strengthen police and military efforts, particularly the BOI, “because it is really in the port of entry that infiltration can happened.

“The local government units are just dependent. So, if we have a poor or weak immigration system that does not ‘cleanse’ the entry of foreign terrorists then we will really be infiltrated,” the chief executive said during her weekly appearance at the “Dateline Teleradyo” over TV11 Thursday morning.

She said a resolution on this effect was recently approved by the Regional Peace and Order Council. However, Regional Police Director Chief Supt. Billty Beltran, vice chair of the RPOC-9, amended the measure, raising concern for areas in the open sea.

Thus, Climaco stressed that it has to be really a concerted effort not only of the BOI but also of the Coast Guard and the Philippine Navy to ensure that “we prevent the entry of foreign terrorists into our shores.”

In the city of Zamboanga, meanwhile, the mayor said the directive of the police, especially during this Christmas season, to address the incidence of holdup.

“People are in need of assistance. The presence of the police and Task Force Zamboanga operatives is very vital to ensuring the safety of people in the urban areas,” she said.-(Vic Larato)