Tal­isay po­lice told to step up vs crime

The Freeman - - NEWS - —Mae Cly­dyl L. Avila and Iris Mar­i­ani B. Al­gabre/JBB

The Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (CPPO) has is­sued a warn­ing on Mon­day for Tal­isay City Po­lice Sta­tion that its 73 per­son­nel will be re­lieved for re­train­ing if they failed to de­crease crime in­ci­dence in the city in two weeks.

“I'm warn­ing them, they need to step up. Ini­tially ang bini­gay namin is two weeks for them to ad­just, pub­lic safety can't wait, hindi pwede an­tayin natin sila mag-ad­just. Ilang shoot­ing in­ci­dent pa bago tayo umaksyon?” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Ryan Manongdo, CPPO deputy di­rec­tor for op­er­a­tions.

Manongdo said that this will serve as a chal­lenge to the per­son­nel to prove their worth as cops, af­ter re­cent con­tro­ver­sies hound­ing Tal­isay City po­lice sta­tion.

“We chal­lenge them na ka­pag hindi nyo na­pa­pababa ang crime in­ci­dence nyo de­spite sa change ng lead­er­ship, de­spite the sup­port of pro­vin­cial po­lice of­fice, de­spite sa sys­tem na pinapa-im­ple­ment ng re­gional di­rec­tor, then there is some­thing wrong sa per­son­nel nila,” Manong­don said.

Manong­don said at Caloocan City Po­lice Of­fice, 62 per­son­nel were sim­i­larly re­lieved from their post.

It has been re­ported that five Tal­isay cops are fac­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion on ex­tor­tion charges.

Manong­don said newly in­stalled Tal­isay chief, Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Ja­son Vil­la­mater, is ex­empted from the re­lieve or­der warn­ing since he only as­sumed post last month.

For his part, Vil­la­mater said that one of the fac­tors for the in­crease of crime vol­ume in Tal­isay is its grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

He also ob­served that the most com­mon crime in­ci­dent in Tal­isay is rob­bery (snatch­ing), par­tic­u­larly in Barangay Tabunok.

“Trend­ing dahil ap­proach­ing sa -ber months, maram­ing snatch­ing. Isa pa, on­go­ing ang fi­esta cel­e­bra­tion,” he said.

Tal­isay po­lice are ex­pect­ing a large num­ber of peo­ple en­ter­ing the city to cel­e­brate the feast day of Sta. Teresa De Avila set for Oc­to­ber 15.

Vil­la­mater clar­i­fied that the in­crease in the num­ber of crimes is not re­lated to the re­cent “sal­vaging” in­ci­dent in Barangay Li­nao and to re­ports of po­lice per­son­nel be­ing re­lieved for ex­tor­tion.

When asked if the city po­lice will be re­trained if there is no de­crease of crime rates in the city, Vil­la­mater said they will obey any or­der from the higher ranks, though he stressed that they will still ex­ert their best ef­fort in lead­ing peace and or­der in the city.

“Wala kam­ing ma­g­a­gawa kong may or­der, we are run by or­ders. Basta kami, best ef­fort. Gagawin pa rin la­hat ng kakayanin,” he said.

Mean­while, a 25-yearold man is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter he was shot by al­leged mem­bers of Kal­ma­dos gang past mid­night on Thurs­day just a few me­ters away from the po­lice sta­tion in Barangay Pobla­cion, Tal­isay City.

Ar­jun Ver­gara, 25, a res­i­dent of Si­tio Mi­ra­mar, Barangay Dum­log, Tal­isay was rushed to Tal­isay Dis­trict Hospi­tal af­ter sus­tain­ing gun­shot wounds to his stom­ach and right leg.

Mark Joseph Echavez, 19, and his 17-year-old cousin were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

In the hot pur­suit op­er­a­tion con­ducted by Tal­isay po­lice, a cer­tain “Manuel” was able to es­cape while the two were hand­cuffed.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Ver­gara pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied that one of the two ar­rested was the one who shot him.

How­ever, the two sus­pects de­nied Ver­gara's al­le­ga­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Echavez, they had gone to the area to eat when Ver­gara ap­proached them and asked his cousin if they were mem­bers of Kal­ma­dos gang.

When they said no, Ver­gara and his group al­legedly be­gan hit­ting them which led to a rum­ble.

Echavez said he tried to save his 17-year-old cousin when Ver­gara tried to stab him with an ice pick.

Echavez claims it was one of their co­horts who shot Ver­gara.

Af­ter Ver­gara was shot, the two groups dis­persed.

Echavez also de­nied that he and his cousin are mem­bers of the Kal­ma­dos gang.

“Subay­onon pa ni namo palaw­man pa namo ang inbesti­gasyon. Susi­hon pa ni nato ug gang ba gyud ni sila. Pero na­gram­bol ni hang­tod nga naa'y na­musil. Basin per­sonal grudge. Magabot ang pikas nga gropo, mag-away-away,” said Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 Junyl Ater of Tal­isay po­lice.

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