Police effort at peace falling short — Edding PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 14:58

Efforts on improving the peace and order condition here needs more push as the city continues to struggle with the instability caused by criminal elements who continue to challenge authorities in committing crimes in Zamboanga.

This was the general assessment of retired Deputy Chief of Police Supt. Hado Edding during a guesting stint in Cuentas Claras of 2nd District Rep. Erbie A. Fabian.
Edding admitted this was the primary reason why he decided to throw his lot with Cong. Fabian’s ‘Fuerza Zamboanga’ and gun for a city council seat in next year’s midterm polls.

As a former police officer, Edding said it pains him to hear blame heaped on the local police for not being able to contain criminality here prompting him to aspire for a council seat and hopefully be given the chance to help rectify the situation.

He described the present police effort in maintaining the peace in Zamboanga as passable as he disclosed concrete efforts are being put into action to combat criminality here.

He added without sounding defensive, a lot has evolved since then that Zamboanga City has grown by large proportions with population now nearing a million residents.
The intra-regional migration of people from other provinces, the changing landscape of the city’s cultural mix and the bustling commerce and trade in recent years have all contributed to a hike in crime incidence in the city proportionately.

Edding added the proliferation of loose firearms despite a city wide firearms ban has made the situation more volatile.

The robust former deputy chief added that sensational crimes committed here have not yet been resolved such as the gun slay of UZ Pres. Archie Eustaquio compounding the situation.

People here need to believe anew in the police ability to preserve the peace as it was before for Zamboanga to become at peace, Supt. Edding added.

He also said he believes in the 10-point agenda of Rep. Fabian as peace and order has been one of its priority task.

He debunked claims Fuerza Zamboanga is weak and not taken seriously by the people here saying it is contrary to this that he gets positive feedbacks and pledges of support wherever he goes of late.

“Fuerza Zamboanga is flying under the radar and we are making dramatic headway in getting people to support us, now that they get a chance to hear us and see for themselves we are in this fight with grim determination and much seriousness,” Edding sid.