Crimes dur­ing Masskara Fes­ti­val down by 29%

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page -

IN­DEX crimes in Ba­colod City dur­ing the 21day cel­e­bra­tion of the 39th Masskara Fes­ti­val de­creased by 28.57 per­cent com­pared to last year.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Fran­cisco Ebreo, act­ing di­rec­tor of Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO), pre­sented the com­par­a­tive data of crimes cov­er­ing the Masskara days at the BCPO head­quar­ters Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29.

Based on the data, in­dex crimes or eight fo­cus crimes re­duced by 18 in­ci­dents from 63 in­ci­dents in 2017 to 45 cases this year.

Among the eight fo­cus crimes, the top three most preva­lent crimes are theft with 19 cases; phys­i­cal in­juries, 15; and rob­bery, 7.

No homi­cide cases were recorded from Oc­to­ber 8 to 28.

Ebreo said the re­duc­tion of crimes can be at­trib­uted to the de­ploy­ment of more po­lice­men at the fes­ti­val sites and even out­side the venues, and streets.

He said they have most likely reached the tar­get on crime re­duc­tion.

Ebreo, dur­ing the cul­mi­nat­ing and award­ing cer­e­mony of Task Group Masskara 2018 at the Ba­colod Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter yes­ter­day, re­ported to the city of­fi­cials and top of­fi­cials of Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (Pro)-western Visayas that they have achieved “zero ma­jor in­ci­dent” dur­ing the fes­tiv­ity.

There was no sig­nif­i­cant Masskara-re­lated in­ci­dent that hap­pened all through­out the fes­tiv­ity, even dur­ing the ar­rival of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte over the week­end, he said.

The mem­bers and heads of the task group were awarded by PRO-6 led by Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Car­l­ito Feli­ciano, deputy re­gional di­rec­tor of ad­min­is­tra­tion, with Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Merit and Com­men­da­tion medals for their valu­able ef­forts in se­cur­ing the fes­tiv­ity. Mean­while, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit of Ba­colod through City Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Orola and Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran ex­pressed their grat­i­tude to the po­lice and other vol­un­teers who also con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the fes­ti­val.

A boo­dle fight for all the se­cu­rity forces fol­lowed, in the pres­ence of the city of­fi­cials led by Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia.

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