Osmeña: Police part of security problem

HAS the recent spate of killings put a strain on Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s relationship with the police?

In an interview with Rappler yesterday, Osmeña said he is “very upset and disturbed” by what he described as an unusual happening in Cebu.

“In the past, (my relationship with the police was) good. Now, not so good. I look at them as part of the problem, not the solution,” he said.

When asked if believes that the series of executions began when Police Regional Office 7 Director Chief Supt. Debold Sinas and Cebu City Police Office Director Senior Supt. Royina Garma assumed office, Osmeña responded, “Absolutely, yes.”

“I don’t know (how or why), but it definitely started when they came in the picture,” he added.

The mayor, though, stressed that while he still has reservations, he will give Garma a chance to prove herself.

“At this point, I don’t know how to break down the killings. But I promise the Cebuanos that I will be responsible. Right now, I don’t know how but give me time because the problem seems to be coming from within. It’s not something I’m used to,” he said.

“We’re not used to this and it appears that there’s something going on beyond. There’s a very clear pattern of what’s going on. Policemen are involved, I believe so,” Osmeña added.

Meanwhile, the local chief executive asked the public not to rely too much on the police, especially in the war against drugs.

While he has been supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against illegal drugs, Osmeña said law enforcement alone won’t be enough.

He added that the country generally has “very poor” rehabilitation programs and facilities for drug addicts.

“If the president didn’t do his drive against illegal drugs, we’d be finished as a country. There would be a lot of chaos. He chopped off a few heads, but I think that’s good. It’s a very complicated issue because handling drugs does not only need police action. It can be socioeconomic action, family values,” Osmeña said.

“Generally speaking, the administration is more focused on law enforcement. We’re heavy on that, but you can’t rely too much on that. You have to develop other means to solve the problem. Cebu has a huge shortage of construction workers, but drug addicts are very hard to train. That doesn’t mean, though, that we will give up on that,” he added. RTF

Source: Local News






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