Lobregat gives police 15-day ultimatum to solve shootings PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:08

Mayor Celso Lobregat has given City Police OIC Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo an ultimatum to solve the crimes in 15 days and to prevent further shooting incidents immediately.

The mayor’s directive came in the wake of the spate of shooting incidents in the city. Last Monday, December 19, four people including a policeman and his teen-aged daughter and a pastor were killed in 3 separate shooting incidents in the city.

The 15-day ultimatum will include the identification of the perpetrators, filing of appropriate charges in Court and securing the issuance of warrants of arrest.
Mayor Lobregat said Col. De Ocampo has been exerting his best efforts to come up with various measures, but apparently these courses of action have not been working and seem to be not enough.

The Chief Executive has instructed Col. De Ocampo to initiate a workable and effective course of action that will make the commission of crimes difficult and a failure.  “We instructed the police to follow a course of action to make it difficult for people with evil intentions to commit crimes. These perpetrators should also be put behind bars”.

Mayor Lobregat stressed that the series of shootings and other similar crimes should be put to a stop to complement the city’s promotional efforts.

The city government under the Lobregat administration has been supporting and assisting the local police in terms of infrastructures, communication and transportation facilities and other logistics.

Just last Sunday, Dec. 18, the mayor spearheaded the unveiling and turnover of a community police action center in Rio Hondo—one of the four projects inaugurated in Mariki and Rio Hondo that day. The center will be jointly manned by personnel from the City Police and the Task Force Zamboanga.

Last week, the mayor turned over to the police 28 units of handheld radios—which brings to a total of 178 radio units donated since last year. A few days back, four computer units were also formally turned over to help in office transactions.

Aside from the construction of community police action centers (COMPAC), vehicles and fuel both for land and sea, firearms, handheld radios, computers and other office equipment, the city government also provides a monthly allowance of P1, 000 to each member of the police force and other law enforcement units. — Sheila Covarrubias