Beng presses for joint military, police operations vs criminals PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 11:39

Mayor Beng Climaco has underscored the urgent need for fusion of operations by the police, military and other law enforcement units in a bid to ensure safety and security in the city both on land and on sea.

Climaco emphasized this as part of her thrust on peace and security which is the top priority of her administration.    “We should not only take care of the land assets but also the territorial waters of the city and I will also be reviewing the profile of our environment.”

The mayor concentrated her first week in City Hall in reviewing the City’s security plan and undertaking steps to help minimize if not eradicate shooting incidences. She disclosed that proper coordination is being done not only with the police through Police Regional Director PCSupt. Juanito Vaño and City Police OIC Director PSSupt. Jose Chiquito Malayo but also with the military such as the Western Mindanao Command under Commander LTGen. Rey Ardo and the Task Force Zamboanga, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) through Regional Director Adzhar Albani, the Philippine Coast Guard and other law enforcement units.

“We want to ensure that there is efficient and capable police visibility and that sea and air assets are maintained”, she emphasized.

She added that every agency and sector should work together and share in the effort to maintain peace and security in the city.

Meanwhile, the mayor yesterday morning revealed that police beat patrols are now  fully mobilized and that the authorities have made some breakthroughs in operations made over the weekend.

On Friday night, authorities apprehended a politician from the neighbouring province for violations of traffic rules and the firearms ban and on  weekend a buy bust operation was also conducted in Sinunuc.

“We need to send the strong message that the City of Zamboanga is strongly enforcing the gun ban and any violator will be sanctioned as we do not accept sacred cows,” Mayor Climaco added. — Sheila Covarrubias