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CPOC convenes to tackle spate of shooting incidents

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Per instruction of Mayor Beng Climaco, the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) convened on Wednesday afternoon for a special meeting to tackle issues related to the recent shooting incidents in the city and possible counter measures to contain the same.

Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde presided the meeting and called for improved police visibility and urged Task Force Zamboanga and the police to closely collaborate in the implementation of renewed security measures. He said the police should do something to improve police visibility to deter the commission of crimes. “There is no justification for the killing of any resident in the city because we cannot afford to have our residents take the law into their own hands.”

City Police OIC Director PSSupt. Alan Nazarro said the 6 shooting incidents recorded from July 1-11 happened in different barangays with different motives and are considered isolated cases.

Two of the 6 incidents are considered solved with the arrest of the suspects, he said, adding that investigators have obtained positive leads and arrests of suspects in the other incidents are expected anytime.

As a result of the incidents, Nazarro has directed the police stations concerned to exhaust all means to solve the cases as well as instructed the conduct of 24/7 checkpoints, strong police presence and cross matching of recovered items at the crime scene with previous incidents.

Based on police reports, the 6 incidents include the shooting of Kagawad Michael Magallanes in Sta. Catalina at 7:20am last July 7; Hamsi Aydal in Baluno at 6:20pm July 7 with personal grudge as motive and with the suspect arrested;  Johmar Pansoy in Cabato Road, Tetuan at 11pm July 8; SPO1 Fredie Teves and Eva Lauriaga in Flamingo, Upper Calarian at 8:05pm, July 9 with personal grudge as motive; Isabelo Kilat in Recodo at 10:30pm, July 9 with suspects arrested and Ibrahim Baginda (not an Imam as earlier reported) in Talon-talon at 9:40pm, July 10.

TFZ Chief Col. Leonel Nicolas emphasized that the peace and order situation in Zamboanga City remains manageable as there is no imminent threat from the Abu Sayyaf or any terrorist groups and the authorities are not expecting any attacks similar to Marawi or the Zamboanga siege but the authorities remain on high alert.

Both Nicolas and Nazarro and other police officials present during the meeting stressed that the support and cooperation of the barangays such as the barangay intelligence networks (BINs) and tanods who will serve as augmentation forces.

Other issues discussed during the CPOC meeting as manifested by Councilor Josephine Pareja are the need for the DILG to review the city’s request to relax on the implementation of the full face helmet law, the need to fast track the implementation of the CCTV program of the city and numerous others.

Also present during the meeting held at the City Hall conference room were City Administrator Marie Angelique Go, representatives from the DILG and the different law enforcement units and other members of the CPOC.

Meanwhile, Iturralde called for improved police visibility, as TFZ and the police have been urged to closely collaborate in the implementation of renewed security measures. Mayor Climaco, who is out of the country, has tasked Iturralde to closely coordinate with authorities as she tasked the ZCPO and TFZ to leave no stone unturned in the investigation of the shooting incidents. The support and cooperation of the barangays is also very crucial.

Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde to closely coordinate with the authorities as she tasked the Zamboanga City Police Office and Task Force Zamboanga to leave no stone unturned in the investigation of the shooting incidents that have been recorded in the city for the month of June. (Sheila Covarrubias)




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