‘Stop the blame game,’ Soliven urges critics PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:39

The president of the Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. yesterday welcomed the designation of Gen. Mario Yanga as the OIC City Police Director saying it is a decisive action that will restore the residents’ faith and trust on law enforcers in the face of the series of shooting incidents in the city.

At the same time, Rufo “Pocholo” Soliven called on the residents to stay calm but vigilant and alert and to help give solutions instead of criticizing the authorities including city officials.

“Stop the blame game and take the bull by its horn”, Soliven said referring to some politicians and individuals who are calling for the resignation of top police and city officials in the light of the incidents.

According to Soliven, everybody has the responsibility to make Zamboanga City safe.

“It is incumbent upon each one of us to make our community safe, we are what we want to see and happen. Let us all be proactive on the issue of peace and order”, he stressed.

Now more than ever, we have to be united, the ZCCIFI declared.

Soliven said the Chamber supports and welcomes the designation of Gen. Yanga as OIC City Police Director and that the business group trusts that with Yanga at the helm, public trust on law enforcers will be restored.

Yanga, who is the Regional Police Office Assistant Director for Administration was designated effective yesterday as OIC City Police Director, vice Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, on a concurrent capacity.

De Ocampo, whose position has been declared as vacant since January, will be assigned to the Regional Police Office. His permanent replacement—which will come from a list of 5 recommendees, is now being studied by Mayor Celso Lobregat.

Yanga is also the head of Task Group Archie, created to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of Universidad de Zamboanga president Arturo Eustaquio III Sunday and to bring the perpetrators to the bar of justice. — Sheila Covarrubias