‘Po­lice no longer re­li­able’

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Morex­ette Marie B. Er­ram and Delta Derycka Leti­gio

CEBU City Mayor To­mas Os­meña is rid­ing his cam­paign on peace and or­der as he seeks re­elec­tion, say­ing Cebu is no longer safe.

“Ang usa nako ka pri­or­ity kay ang kali­naw sa atong syu­dad. Dili na ta makasalig sa po­lice (One of my pri­or­i­ties is peace and or­der for our city. We can no longer rely on the po­lice),” he said dur­ing his sor­tie at the Lahug El­e­men­tary School gym, in front of thou­sands of his sup­port­ers.

He even asked the au­di­ence to raise their hands if they think Cebu City is still safe amid the un­solved cases of killings. But not one hand went up.

“I-isa in­y­ong kamot (You raise your hand). Who thinks Cebu City is safe? Raise your hands. Kin­say

nag-tuo safe ang syu­dad? (Who believes that the city is safe?) What hap­pened?” said Os­meña.

Cebu City Po­lice Di­rec­tor, Se­nior Supt. Roy­ina Garma crit­i­cized what she termed as con­stant tirades by the mayor against the po­lice.

“Parang pam­ilya kasi yan. Da­pat yung ama si­nusu­por­ta­han yung anak na ‘kaya mo yan.’ Pero kung yung ama parat­ing sinasabi nga ‘wala gyud ka, di ka masali­gan,’ wala sad gyud na,” said Garma. (It’s like a fam­ily. A fa­ther must sup­port his son and tell him that ‘You can do it.’ But if the fa­ther con­stantly tells his son that, ‘You are noth­ing. You can’t be trusted,’ then he is noth­ing.)

But she gave her as­sur- ance that the CCPO and the rest of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) will con­tinue to serve the pub­lic by do­ing their jobs.

“As long as may nag- pa­pab lot­ter sa po­lice, naay mod­uol sa po­lice, man­ingkamot mi. (As long as peo­ple seek our help and come to us, we will strive to do what we can). We are do­ing our best,” said Garma.

Os­meña’s last crit­i­cism against the po­lice was made through a Face­book post hours af­ter rob­bers shot dead a call cen­ter agent in Pope John Paul II Av­enue on the dawn of Oc­to­ber 3.

He slammed them for ap­par­ently re­fus­ing to heed his ad­vice on in­te­grat­ing and de­ploy­ing op­er­a­tives of the Spe­cial Weapons and Tac­tics (SWAT) with the Mo­bile Pa­trol Group (MPG) to de­ter crimes.

The killing of Lo­raine Tem­ple prompted the mayor to work for a bus sys­tem that would trans­port call cen­ter agents to and from their work­place, es­pe­cially those work­ing the grave­yard shift.

Ten days af­ter the in­ci­dent, an­other call cen­ter agent was robbed but sur­vived with mi­nor in­juries.

Berkley Galic­ina, 24, was on his way home on the night of Oc­to­ber 9 when a man with a knife ap­proached him out­side a fast­food restau­rant along Mango Av­enue and de­manded that he give him his phone.

The sus­pect warned Galic­ina that if he screamed for help, he would stab him.

The se­cu­rity guard of the restau­rant even­tu­ally no­ticed the com­mo­tion and at­tempted to catch the sus­pect but failed.

“I don’t think Cebu is still safe. I never thought that af­ter see­ing posts of rob­beries on Face­book that I would be next,” said Galic­ina who claimed to have been trau­ma­tized by the ex­pe­ri­ence.


Scene of the Crime Op­er­a­tives (Soco) per­son­nel process the crime scene where four per­sons were killed in an am­bush on Fri­day in Tal­isay City.

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