Civilians asked not to wear police, military uniforms PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:27

In the midst of the current peace, order and security situation that the city and neighboring provinces are facing, the public is reminded never to wear police or military uniforms or camouflage fatigues and combat khakis in public.

Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) chief Col. Adrelino Colina, in last week’s radio interview, emphasized that “it is against the law for any non-member of the armed forces or police to don these uniforms as they can cause confusion among the public.”

Col. Colina asserted that notorious elements with questionable intentions would wear such uniforms to pretend that they are members of the armed forces or police in carrying out their nefarious plans.

The task force commander instructed his personnel to immediately accost any person who is caught wearing such uniform.

The wearing of police and military uniform or insignia is a criminal offense punishable under Article 179 of the Revised Penal Code, by “arresto mayor” carrying a penalty of one month and one day to six months detention.

In the past several weeks, Zamboanga residents have expressed anxiety over the peace and order problem here and in the neighboring provinces and cities. Bombings, abductions and shooting incidents have been occurring since last month.

Amid these pressing concerns, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar called on not only the police and military, but the residents as well to be very vigilant and extra cautious. She emphasized that everybody’s alertness in this issue, particularly in reporting suspicious persons and activities will save lives.

Col. Colina said the TFZ already presented the city government a proposal to have civilian “force multipliers” to assist them in securing peace and order in the barangays since their numbers are very limited as against the vastness of the city.

“We need inputs to fine tune the plans that we have already prepared. As always, we need communication, coordination and cooperation from the communities to efficiently and effectively keep Zamboanga safe and secured,” Col. Colina said. — FPG/DIS/PIA9-ZBST