Performing cops cited PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:01

Mayor Beng Climaco during the flag raising ceremony in City Hall yesterday morning formally acknowledged policemen who took part in the successful resolution of the hostage-taking incident in a local department store Saturday.

Likewise members of the local police responsible for the seizure of 230 sacks of smuggled rice at a mini wharf in Arena Blanco on July 25 were also given certificates of appreciation for a job well done.

“We thank the PNP and Task Force Zamboanga and all the composite teams that kept Zamboanga City safety,” Mayor Climaco, whose main thrust is security, emphasized during the flag raising ceremony for City Government officials and employees Monday.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to City Police OIC Director Col. Chiquito Malayo and PInsp. Abdulnasser Masilam, chief of the patrol division, who responded and successfully resolved the hostage-taking incident at a local establishment Saturday.

Upon sensing that the weapon used by the hostage-taker was only a knife, Masilam approached by crawling at the back and eventually grabbed the knife from the suspect that resulted to the subsequent arrest of the latter, who was a pedicab driver.

Similar citations were also presented to PInsp. Daniel Taub and his personnel from Police Station 6, who, with support of PInsp. Elmer Acuña intercepted a truckload of smuggled rice from Jolo at the Arena Blanco mini-wharf last July 25.

Mayor Climaco expressed elation that the police are helping the Bureau of Customs in their mandated duty to run after rice smugglers. “Este tiempo el police ya hace el trabajo del [Bureau] of Customs. The police force are helping the Customs and we will also help the Customs meet their targets”.

The Bureau of Customs along with the National Irrigation Administration and several other agencies were specifically mentioned by President Aquino in his state of the nation address (SONA) as performing below his expectations.

The mayor the other day called on the public to remain vigilant and to support the police and military authorities amidst the challenges that beset the city. With the support of the civilians, law enforcers can achieve more, she added. — Sheila Covarrubias