Os­meña: Stricter se­cu­rity, poli­cies for Sin­u­log 2018

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His threat to shut down busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments selling liquor dur­ing the Sin­u­log grand pa­rade last Jan­uary should serve as a warn­ing to all who are do­ing busi­ness in Cebu City that he is se­ri­ous about his or­ders, Mayor To­mas Os­meña said.

Os­meña then said that stricter se­cu­rity mea­sures will be im­ple­mented dur­ing next year’s Sin­u­log cel­e­bra­tion af­ter the siege in Marawi City that be­gan last May.

“I’m re­ally ter­ri­fied be­cause the ter­ror­ists were badly hit in Marawi City and they have mo­ti­va­tion to re­tal­i­ate. In Cebu City, we al­ways pre­vent in­ci­dents like these from hap­pen­ing but it doesn’t mean it can’t hap­pen,” he said.

The mayor also said that he will sign an ex­ec­u­tive or­der (EO) that will pro­hibit the selling and drink­ing of liquor within 300 me­ters of the Sin­u­log pa­rade route.

“No drink­ing within 300 me­ters. Bars should not sell al­co­hol. If there will be al­co­hol inside, then we will close it. We will de­ploy dozens of Kaoshi­ung buses, which will serve as de­ten­tion cen­ters for peo­ple who are drink­ing,” he told re­porters in a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

The mayor said he just tol­er­ated two es­tab­lish­ments that were caught selling liquor along the pa­rade route last Jan­uary but warned them not to do the same next year.

“(Next year), there will be no more warn­ing. Peo­ple know that I am se­ri­ous enough. If I’m will­ing to close SM, don’t think I’m not will­ing to close (other es­tab­lish­ments). I’m just go­ing to do what I have to do. I mean what I say,” he said.

Those who want to sell al­co­hol or or­ga­nize a party will have to hold their ac­tiv­i­ties at the South Road Prop­er­ties (SRP), he added.

In the draft EO that the mayor posted on his Face­book page, shows, con­certs, per­for­mances, gigs, recitals, events, street par­ties as well as putting up of loud speak­ers will not also be al­lowed within the 300-meter ra­dius of the Sin­u­log pa­rade route.

Coun­cilor Dave Tu­mu­lak said he agrees with the plan of the mayor for the 2018 Sin­u­log cel­e­bra­tion.

Tu­mu­lak, who chairs the City Coun­cil’s com­mit­tee on pub­lic or­der and safety, said it is bet­ter if the City Gov­ern­ment will be proac­tive by hold­ing Sin­u­log events in sep­a­rate venues.

“In do­ing so, we can have a wise de­ploy­ment of our se­cu­rity per­son­nel and we can tap our force mul­ti­pli­ers,” he said.

Os­meña said he wants other Sin­u­log ac­tiv­i­ties held at the SRP to dis­perse the crowd.

He said he wants to pre­vent a re­peat of the near stam­pede that oc­cured on Juana Os­meña Ave. and Gen. Max­ilom Ave.

The area had been a place of con­ver­gence for par­ty­go­ers af­ter the Sin­u­log grand pa­rade. /

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