PRO-7 to bring to Cebu ‘Bike for Peace’ project

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - XU INT ERN JEASSELE VILLALOBOS AND CNU IN­TERN SHAIRA MARIE RAMA

The Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice in Cen­tral Visayas (PRO-7) wanted to repli­cate in Cebu the “Bike for Peace” project that they or­ga­nized in Bo­hol prov­ince early this month.

The project, meant to es­pe­cially as­sure tourists that Bo­hol re­mains peace­ful and safe de­spite the re­cent clashes be­tween gov­ern­ment troops and mem­bers of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), will also de­liver the same mes­sage to Cebu that it is and will con­tinue to be free from any ter­ror threats.

But this time, PRO-7 di­rec­tor Chief Supt. Noli Tal­iño said they planned to in­clude re­sort own­ers and dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties in Cebu in the ac­tiv­ity.

“Gi­nawa na natin yan... Uulitin o gagawain natin 'yong sa Bo­hol (We al­ready did this be­fore... We will do (in Cebu) what we did in Bo­hol),” he said.

Tal­iño was at the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol on Thurs­day morn­ing to meet with Gov. Hi­lario Da­vide III to up­date the gov­er­nor, as the chair­per­son of the Re­gional Peace and Or­der Coun­cil (RPOC), on the peace and or­der sit­u­a­tion in Bo­hol fol­low­ing the death of ASG mem­bers Abu Ubayda and Abu Asis on Pan­gan­gan Is­land in Calape town last Mon­day.

The two were the last of the 11 ASG mem­bers who en­tered Bo­hol on April 10 via In­a­banga River re­port­edly for kid­nap­ping mis­sions in Bo­hol and nearby prov­inces. Four ASG mem­bers, in­clud­ing their leader Mua­mar Askali alias Abu Rami, were killed in a gov­ern­ment as­sault in Barangay Napo of In­a­banga town on April 11 while four oth­ers, in­clud­ing their guide, Bo­holano ASG mem­ber Joselito Mel­lo­ria, were killed on April 22 after their hide­out was un­cov­ered in the neigh­bor­ing town of Clarin. An­other ASG mem­ber, Saad Sa­mad Ki­ram alias Abu Saad was killed at dawn of May 5 in Cortes town, barely 24 hours after he was cap­tured in Tu­bigon town, re­port­edly while at­tempt­ing to es­cape while be­ing trans­ported to prison.

Tal­iño said that while the re­gion re­mains peace­ful, this should not be a rea­son for law en­force­ment agen­cies to be com­pla­cent.

Hold­ing the “Bike for Peace” in Cebu will as­sure tourists there is no ter­ror threats in Cebu, par­tic­u­larly those from the United States and the United King­dom (UK), the two na­tions that re­cently is­sued travel ad­vi­sories ask­ing their cit­i­zens to re­frain from trav­el­ing to south­ern Cebu.

Da­vide told re­porters he will com­pletely back the “Bike for Peace” project and agreed with Tal­iño’s plan to make it big­ger for its Cebu stag­ing.

Bo­hol’s ver­sion of the “Bike for Peace” held on May 9 started at Camp Dago­hoy in Tag­bi­la­ran City. Bik­ers then trav­eled the 36 kilo­me­ter dis­tance to Panglao town pass­ing by Jagna and Anda towns.

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