Tawi-Tawi cops urged to intensify public safety measures PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 March 2013 17:09

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Alan Purisima has urged all policemen assigned in Tawi-Tawi to intensify public safety activities and be peacemakers amid the on-going armed conflict in Sabah between the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and the Malaysian authorities.

“Your familiarity with every name and face, of family and blood relations, of every nook and cranny of the province will be essential in maintaining an atmosphere of calmness and sobriety in order to prevent this issue from being blown out of proportion,” said Purisima.

To emphasize the importance of the PNP’s peacemaking role, Purisima personally met with the wife of Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram to personally assure her and her people’s needed assistance to cushion the economic and emotional impact of the on-going incident in Sabah.

Purisima was accompanied by some local officials and respected elders led by Tawi-Tawi Gov. Sadikul Sahali.

Jadji Nurquisa Kiram and Gov. Sahali personally thanked Purisima for his visit and personal concern for the people of Tawi-Tawi.

Part of the assistance assured by PNP chief is to order all police personnel in Tawi-Tawi to make themselves available at all times in the conduct of relief missions especially for those who have fled Sabah and decided to go back to their hometowns in the province.

He also instructed local commanders in Tawi-Tawi to coordinate with the proper government agencies and assist in running after the racketeers who may take advantage of the situation in Sabah to earn more profit at the expense poor people in the province.

Purisima also had a dialogue with Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) and Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) of Police Regional Office 9,

“The same specific instruction was given to other commanders in other areas of Western Mindanao, including Sulu, because we anticipate some of our kababayan to go back for fear of reprisal and being caught in the crossfire,” said Purisima.