Zambo City is peaceful, but cops, soldiers on full alert PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 17:35

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo yesterday disclosed that the city’s peace and order situation is normal and is not affected by the curfew hour that was imposed in Zamboanga Sibugay amid the tension that followed in that province after the military attacked the hideout of a lawless Moro group under Waning Abdusalam.

De Ocampo said the police and the military are on red alert status and tight security measures are in place since the start of military operations in Basilan and Sibugay.
He denied that the city has been under threat from lawless group.

“Walang threats from lawless group maliban lang sa mga kumakalat na text messages na nagsasabi aatake ang mga lawless group dito pero hindi yan totoo,” De Ocampo said.

De Ocampo however added that the residents should stay vigilant and coordinate with the authorities in case they sense something unusual ans suspicious in their neighborhood.

He said that residents are free to go out of their house anytime as there is no curfew hour in the city contrary to what was reported by the ABS-CBN in Manila that curfew hour has been imposed in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

DZT learned that curfew hour was imposed by the Sibugay provincial government in that province as a preventive measure to avoid civilians getting caught in violence following the military attack on a Moro rebel hideout in Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay on Monday.

Ipil, the capital town of Sibugay, came under rebel and Abu Sayyaf attack killing many people and causing destruction to properties worth millions in 1995.

De Ocampo said that men from the different police units can be seen in their designated posts, while others conduct checkpoints along the entry and exit points of the city.

Policemen assigned in the island barangays like Sacol were also ordered to remain on red alert and monitor all seacraft sailing in from ouside Zamboanga City.

The group of Abdusalam harassed and attacked military installation and two public schools in Sibugay the other day.  — Dan Toribio Jr.