Celso orders police to solve gun attacks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 August 2012 14:22

Mayor Celso Lobregat has instructed the Zamboanga City Police Office now headed by Sr. Supt. James Mejia as officer-in-charge to come up with any and all measures that would lead to the immediate solution of shooting incidents in the city.

Lobregat gave the order during the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) meeting Wednesday night at City Hall conference room, where the police and other law enforcement authorities discussed behind closed door the status report on the spate of shooting incidents in the city.

The chief executive also tasked Mejia to review and intensify the present deployment of policemen in strategic areas in the city in the hope of expediting the solution of the previous incidents.

At the same time the mayor has also instructed the police and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to intensify the campaign on “No plate, No Travel” policy for motorcycles, following observation that most if not all shooting incidents were perpetrated by motorcycle-riding gunmen.

To recall, the CPOC has approved a resolution that seeks to discourage the sale, purchase and use of full-face helmets in anticipation of the enactment of an ordinance that will limit the use only of type “J” or open-face helmets for motorcycle drivers.

Lobregat has said he will declare the helmet ordinance a priority, following the necessary procedures such as the conduct of public hearings and other measures.

This, despite the impending implementation by January next year of RA 10054, mandating the wearing of standard protective helmets (full-face) when driving motorcycles in any parts of the country, and providing penalties for violation thereof. — Vic Larato