Top official cites need for united front against criminals, terrorists PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 December 2013 13:11

Retired Police Director Felizardo M. Serapio Jr. has emphasized the need for a united or concerted efforts to succeed in the fight against criminalities and terrorism.

“ All stakeholders of society from local government unit, barangay officials, the academe, business sector, non- government organizations, civic, religious, and security groups, drivers, vendors, police and military must work together to fight and combat terrorism, criminals and lawless elements for a peaceful, secured and progressive city,” said Serapio in his message during a two-day seminar on “Target Hardening: Operationalizing the Whole Nation Approach Against Terrorism, an Advocacy Campaign for the Western Mindanao Region 9” held last November 28-29, 2013 at Chandler Suites in Pagadian City.

Serapio, who now heads the Law Enforcement and Security Integration Office in Malacanang  cited Davao City as an example of Davao City.

He said that Davao City is peaceful and progressive because all the stakeholders there help authorities combat terrorists, lawless groups and criminals. It started during the 80s when the people created the Alsa Masa in which Serapio was part of it.

“The people were upset by the extortion activities disguised as revolutionary tax by the communists who killed innocent people without justice,” Serapio recalled. “The brave people concerned about the peace and development helped the government through information so that terrorists, lawless elements and criminals will be arrested  or be killed by government forces.”

He added: “Of all the hardship and working together of the people for tranquility,  Davao City can be now one example in the country as progressive and peaceful city. Drivers and vendors are a great help..They are courteous and respectful to visitors. They help the government in telling the  people that it is punishable by law to spit in public places.”

Meanwhile,  Supt. Severino B. Agustin along with Sr. Insp. Dexter Diones, Sen.Inspr. Leopoldo Macalindol, Inspr. Inocencio Jamolod lectured the participants on how to detect a suspected carnapped or stolen motorvehicle and motorcycle.

Agustin explained to participants that detecting a suspected carnapped or stolen  motorvehicle and motorcycle will take a long process of gathering of information and investigation by using a series of charts of numbers  to be used in internet in the website of HPG and Land Transportations Office to determine the status of the  plate number of a suspected carnapped motorvehicle..

During the two-day seminar, the participants were given a workshop and assignment to gather information and observation from different sites such as bus terminals, churches, malls and markets.

The seminar was attended by selected police officers and members of the academe, business sector, private sector, civil society, mlitary, religious sector and others. — - Allen Abastillas