On sprout­ing check­points in Oro

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - BY: PSUPT MARDY M. HOR­TILLOSA II

In our ef­forts to tighten se­cu­rity and en­sure safety of the Ka­gay-anons, you may have al­ready ob­served that we have placed a lot of es­tab­lished check­points like our check­points in Brgy Tablon, Brgy In­da­hag and Koresko, Brgy Lumbia this city which the Oro po­lice call as Border Check­point or Strong Check­point. The Po­lice of­fice has also main­tained ran­dom check­points to all po­lice sta­tions ev­ery two hours as well as com­ply numer­ous ran­dom check­points for some spe­cial units. This pro­gram is not only hap­pen­ing in the city but in all ar­eas of Min­danao.

The pur­pose of check­points is to es­tab­lish strong safety and se­cu­rity of the peo­ple against any bad el­e­ments that may dis­turb the peace and or­der of the city such as the en­try of ter­ror­ists and their equip­ment, cir­cu­la­tion of il­le­gal drugs, bring­ing of il­le­gal firearms, en­try of crim­i­nals, exit of car­nap ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cle, and other crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties that might hap­pen in the city. The main­te­nance of safety and se­cu­rity can only be done by im­ple­men­ta­tion of laws ap­pli­ca­ble to the vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted by the sus­pected per­son.

The estab­lish­ment of check­points is very use­ful nowa­days es­pe­cially against ter­ror­ism, in­sur­gency and crim­i­nal groups or in­di­vid­u­als that are pos­ing threats to our city as well as in the en­tire coun­try. The check­points in the city were even made stronger since the Mar­tial Law was de­clared by the all through­out Min­danao on May 23, 2017 at the on­set of the vi­o­lent take over of the Maute Ter­ror­ist Group of Marawi City.

Check­points have a big role why Ca­gayan de Oro city has never be­ing a vic­tim of ter­ror­is­tic at­tack even when the Maute group planned to bomb the city to di­vert the mil­i­tary at­ten­tion from the flee­ing Maute fighters at Marawi. Some of the rea­sons had cir­cu­lated that they will tar­get the city to re­venge the killed Maute fighters and the ar­rest of Maute rel­a­tives in­clud­ing the Maute Pa­tri­arch, Cayamora Maute who died af­ter two months of de­ten­tion.

The Ka­gay-anons in­clud­ing those who are just vis­it­ing and work­ing in the city should ac­cept the re­al­ity that they will con­stantly be fac­ing the check­points ev­ery­day es­pe­cially when they are trav­el­ling in and out of the city. The peo­ple must re­al­ize that check­points are there to pro­tect them in­clud­ing their fam­ily, prop­erty, liveli­hood and their fu­ture. For these rea­sons, in­stead of com­plain­ing ev­ery time they will have to pass by any check­point, it would be best that they co­op­er­ate in­stead so it would be smoother for the check­point per­son­nel to do their man­dated tasks. I would like to share some tips on how to be­have at check­points:

1. Dur­ing night time, upon ap­proach­ing a check­point, the driver must turn off the head­lights and turn on the cabin lights and roll down the win­dow.

2. Pre­pare the per­ti­nent doc­u­ments such as driver li­cense, OR and CR and other valid IDs ready for pre­sen­ta­tion if ask.

3. An­swer cour­te­ously what­ever ques­tions that may be asked.

4. If the trunk and bag are asked to be open, you can do it by your­self to as­sure that no anom­aly will tran­spire.

5. Pre­pare your cell­phone or any record­ing de­vice in case the ac­tion of check­point per­son­nel goes wrong.In such case, re­port im­me­di­ately to the near­est po­lice sta­tion to record the in­ci­dent.

6. Be pa­tient to wait for your turn to prevent ac­ci­dents.

The pub­lic must be aware that a le­git­i­mate check­point is usu­ally in a in well lighted place or at least in­stalled with good lights, has marked ve­hi­cle with ap­pro­pri­ate sig­nage, it is led by a Po­lice Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cer (PCO) with the min­i­mum rank of Po­lice In­spec­tor and the Check­point per­son­nel should be in proper uni­form. In the Case that there is no PCO avail­able, the Se­nior Po­lice Non-Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cer (PNCO) is au­tho­rized.

The check­point was al­lowed only to in­spect vis­ually but if in case that the per­son­nel ask for a fa­vor to in­spect thor­oughly the ve­hi­cle be­cause of sus­pi­cion, it is much bet­ter to let them do it but don’t al­low them to touch any­thing. The mo­torist should be the one to open the trunk or bag de­pend­ing on the re­quest of the of­fi­cer. This is a sign that your check­point per­son­nel is work­ing well in their job be­cause the check­point will be use­less if the check­point per­son­nel will only use the vis­ual search. No crim­i­nals will let their il­le­gal items be eas­ily seen by the au­thor­ity.

The more the pub­lic will co­op­er­ate with the check­point per­son­nel, the more the check­point will be stronger. The sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion from the pub­lic will surely in­spire our men in uni­form to work harder de­spite the stress that comes with our job. It will surely boost and mo­ti­vate us know­ing that the peo­ple trust us in en­sur­ing safety and se­cu­rity of Ca­gayan de Oro from crim­i­nal­ity, ter­ror­ism and in­sur­gency.

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