Pub­lic urged to be vig­i­lant on holdup in­ci­dents

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MAYOR Mauricio Do­mo­gan urged res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to be vig­i­lant against sus­pi­cious-look­ing in­di­vid­u­als in their neigh­bor­hood and their barangays to de­ter the com­mis­sion of crimes in the city.

The lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive is­sued the state­ment to re­mind the pub­lic of their in­di­vid­ual obli­ga­tions of be­ing a re­spon­si­ble ci­ti­zen fol­low­ing the bru­tal mur­der of two taxi driv­ers along Asin road and Ba­dioan, Pobla­cion, Tuba, Benguet two weeks ago.

Do­mo­gan or­dered the of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) to ex­ert all the ap­pro­pri­ate le­gal reme­dies within their author­ity to iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tors of the two mur­der in­ci­dents that tainted the peace and or­der sit­u­a­tion of the city.

“We are grate­ful to the close work­ing re­la­tion­ship of our po­lice­men with those in our neigh­bor­ing towns of Benguet to re­solve the two bru­tal mur­der in­ci­dents which have raised con­cern among res­i­dents and visit or alike,” Do­mo­gan stressed.

It can be re­called that An­gel Sarmiento, a taxi driver a res­i­dent of Pines Park, Balili, La Trinidad, Benguet was robbed and stabbed dead by two still uniden­ti­fied as­sailants along Mul­berry al­ley, Asin road, Baguio City Fri­day dawn while Roberto Al­bino, 47, mar­ried and a res­i­dent of Asin road, Baguio City was found dead in­side his taxi at Ba­dioan, Pobla­cion, Tuba, Benguet but his col­lec­tion and per­sonal be­long­ings were in­tact.

Do­mo­gan called on pos­si­ble wit­nesses to the two in­ci­dents to pro­vide the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice author­i­ties for the im­me­di­ate iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the per­pe­tra­tors and for the fil­ing of the ap­pro­pri­ate charges against them to help in al­ly­ing the fears of taxi driv­ers and res­i­dents on the al­leged resur­gence of rob­bery holdup in­ci­dents that pose a threat to the safety of mo­torists among oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the mayor, barangay of­fi­cials and the mem­bers of the barangay peace­keep­ing ac­tion teams should start re­vis­it­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of their peace­keep­ing strate­gies to ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently help in curb­ing the pro­lif­er­a­tion of crimes in their ar­eas of ju­ris­dic­tion with­out sac­ri­fic­ing their ef­forts to curb the pro­lif­er­a­tion of il­le­gal drugs which is one of the ma­jor pro­grams of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Do­mo­gan also en­cour­aged res­i­dents to ac­tively take part in crime preven­tion ef­forts by pro­vid­ing the po­lice op­er­a­tives with vi­tal in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the pres­ence of sus­pi­cious-look­ing in­di­vid­u­als or new faces in their neigh­bor­hood which will be sub­ject to eval­u­a­tion and val­i­da­tion to de­ter the oc­cur­rence of un­to­ward in­ci­dents that will affect the im­ple­men­ta­tion of peace­keep­ing ini­tia­tives.

The mayor claimed the ex­is­tence of peace in the barangays and the city as a whole is ac­tu­ally the job of ev­ery ci­ti­zen, thus, peo­ple need to be co­op­er­a­tive

by pro­vid­ing what­ever nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion to con­cerned author­i­ties to ef­fect the neu­tral­iza­tion of law­less el­e­ments that live in the dif­fer­ent barangays in the city to achieve the over­all goal of last­ing peace for the ben­e­fit of the greater ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­lace. Dex­ter See/Baguio City PIO

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