Police get 75 new M4 rifles PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:57

The City Police Office under Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo has received more logistical support from the city government including 75 M4 carbine rifles with ammunition, all worth P5 million.

The formal turnover ceremony of the rifles was held at the City Police Office with Mayor Celso Lobregat and top police officials in attendance.

During the ceremony, Lobregat handed over the firearms to Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Juanito Vaño who in turn passed it over to  Sr. Supt. De Ocampo.

The turnover came after the forging of a memorandum of agreement that stipulates the duties and responsibilities of the agreeing partie

Each rifle has four magazines loaded with rounds of ammunition.

Aside from the firearms, Lobregat also gave two more brand new XRM motorcycles to the local police in addition to the dozens of motorcycles that he had earlier turned over for the use of the law enforcers to run after criminals.

Vaño expressed gratitude to the city government and to Lobregat for the continuous support to the police.

The PNP regional director assured that the police will use properly all the firearms and other logistical support from the city government in providing security to the public.

De Ocampo said that his office had received several logistical support from Lobregat since he became the OIC-City Police Director three years ago.

De Ocampo said he has alloted all the firearms, vehicles and other gadgets to the different police units for them to use in fighting criminalities in the city.

It was last December 6, 2012 when Lobregat spearheaded the turnover of 83 units of M-4 firearms in the presence of then Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles. It was the fourth batch of firearms donated by the city to the police.

Lobregat then announced that an additional 75 units of M-4 rifles with magazines and accessories have already been contracted for and were set for delivery. Yesterday, the promise was fulfilled with the turnover of the firearms with an extra windfall of 2 XRM motorcycles for use in beat patrols.

“Very rare and seldom do we see persons, an outgoing leader at that, fulfil his promises,” Vaño in his message said referring to Lobregat, as he expressed gratitude to the outgoing chief executive for the “enormous generosity and never-ending support to the police”.

He stressed that police personnel in Zamboanga City are very lucky because of the countless and continuous blessings from the local government in support of the PNP’s quest for law and order. He stated that PNP Director General Allan Purisima will be surprised for the great contributions that the LGU is giving to the authorities.

The Police Regional Director enjoined all ZCPO personnel to exert more efforts to maintain law and order and uphold the law in Zamboanga City.

Of the total 274 M-4 firearms donated to the police, 50 units were first turned over April 6, 2010; 12 units on August 10, 2010; 54 units on January 11, 2011 and 83 units on December 6, 2012.

Other than firearms and motorcycles, the city government has also donated four-wheeled vehicles, watercrafts, computers, constructed and repaired police stations and police action centers, grant allowances to police personnel and many more. — Dan Toribio Jr. with report from Sheila Covarrubias