After Tangke Talisay, More cops may head for Ermita

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 is planning to send officers from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) to Barangay Ermita, Cebu City, just like it did in Tangke, Talisay City.

PRO 7 Director Chief Supt. Debold Sinas said that the deployment in the coastal barangay in Talisay City proved to be effective and Cebu City Director Senior Supt. Royina is considering doing the same in Ermita.

“Nagbutang ta didto so halos gabi-gabi naa sila’y masita ug madakpan nga user ug pusher. We’ll try to adopt the same system of temporarily detailing more officers to an area (to stop the sale or use of illegal drugs and other crimes),” Sinas said. “We find it very effective.”

A 42-member platoon from the RMFB was sent to Tangke, starting in the first weekend of August, to curb illegal drugs in the area.

At least 56 suspected drug sellers have been arrested in Barangay Tangke since then. Majority were arrested during foot patrols.

Supt. Marlu Conag, Talisay City police chief, said yesterday that due to non-stop operations in that barangay, they now have to figure out how to fit all of the arrested suspects in one jail.

The 56 are currently detained in their substation in the Talisay City Hall, which was built for 20 detainees.

But Conag said the augmentation was a significant help in decreasing the illegal drug trade in the barangay.

“They (arrested persons) all swear that they don’t want to enter the drug trade again following our operations,” Conag said.

“We are adding more personnel on the streets,” Sinas said, adding that this has led to more checkpoints and other operations.

Sinas said that increased police presence would also address recent killings in Cebu.

“Some of the killings are pre-meditated, that’s why we’re trying to conduct checkpoints and implemented the Clean Rider stickers,” he said.

Motorcycle owners need to present their vehicle’s registration papers, as well as a driver’s license and ID, to apply for a “Clean Rider” sticker. Once the police confirm that they’re not on any watch list, these owners can then get a “Clean” sticker and a serial number. The police, who launched the program in Davao City last week and in Lapu-Lapu City during the weekend, are hoping this will curb crimes by motorcycle-riding perpetrators.

Sinas said that the PRO 7 is also open to the idea of sending more police to areas seriously affected by illegal drugs, if local officials request it.

“Baka gusto ng Ermita ng tao (Ermita might want more officers). The city director is requesting for augmentation in Ermita,” he said.

“We’ll try to see if we could do that with Ermita if the new officer-in-charge barangay captain would like to arrange with the city director. That’s what we’re trying to do in the coming days,” the regional director added. (JOB, JKV)

Source: Local News

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