Police adopt tight security measures in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 October 2011 17:31

The local police under City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo have adopted tight security measures fearing that there may be spillover of violence in Zamboanga City following the encounter between Army soldiers and MILF rebels in Basilan and the ambush staged by the rebel group in Zamboanga Sibugay last week.

In aninterview over Hecho de Zamboanga program at Wild 91.5 FM yesterday, De Ocampo said they have come up with security measures in coordination with other police units like the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company and the Task Force Zamboanga to ensure that the city would be safe and secure.

De Ocampo said the police are just anticipating possible terror “spillover” from Basilan and Zamboanga Sibugay.

He said he has deployed men in uniform in the different strategic places inside and outside city proper to maintain police visibility.

De Ocampo also said that policemen from different stations are conducting  spot checkpoints where all motorists are inspected to check on undocumented firearms and prevent lawless people from entering the city.

The police chief called on the public to stay vigilant and to report to the nearest police or military outpost any usual things in their neighborhood.
He said the police bomb squad is on call 24 hours a day to respond to any bomb related incidents.

De Ocampo cited last Friday’s incident where a suspicious baggage was spotted near a department store along Gov. Lim Avenue. Police bomb specialists conducted a safe inspection procedure on the baggage and found no explosive inside.

De Ocampo said that it was a good example where a concerned citizen immediately reported the suspicious baggage to the police. — Dan Toribio Jr.