‘INTENSIFY CHECK­POINTS’

Fa­mil­iaran says all in­ci­dents re­lated to crim­i­nal­ity are alarm­ing

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran urged the Bacolod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) to con­duct check­point op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous ar­eas of Bacolod to in­ter­cept the rid­ing-in-tan­dem crim­i­nals who are op­er­at­ing in the city.

This, af­ter a 25-year old woman was shot dead by uniden­ti­fied mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing gun­men in front of BJMP af­ter she vis­ited her live-in part­ner at 3:10 p.m Sun­day.

Fa­mil­iaran said BCPO should dou­ble its ef­fort to con­duct check­point op­er­a­tions es­pe­cially, dur­ing night time to pre­vent the pos­si­ble op­er­a­tion of the law­less el­e­ments.

“All in­ci­dents re­lated to crim­i­nal­ity are alarm­ing,” he said.

He added the po­lice are eye­ing il­le­gal drugs as pos­si­ble mo­tive in the killing of the vic­tim so the po­lice should dou­ble its efforts to solve the crime.

On Sun­day, Crys­tal Faith Jas­tiva, who lives on Boni­fa­cio Street, Purok Balung­gay, Barangay Pobla­cion, Bago City, was shot dead by uniden­ti­fied mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing gun­men in front of BJMP near at the BCPO head­quar­ters.

The per­pe­tra­tors, who wore hel­mets and black t-shirts, fled to­ward Araneta Street. The vic­tim sus­tained a lone gun­shot wound in her head.

Po­lice Lieu­tenant Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesper­son of BCPO, ear­lier said that they are eye­ing Jas­tiva’s pos­si­ble in­volve­ment in il­le­gal drug trade, since she was vis­it­ing her live-in part­ner Kirby An­drada in­side the BJMP, who was also ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of il­le­gal drugs.

Cur­rently, Jas­tiva’s mother was also de­tained at Bago City Jail for the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of drugs.

Jas­tiva was also us­ing a fic­ti­tious name: “Ashly Kate Gon­zaga.”

Fa­mil­iaran said he be­lieves the suspects only took an op­por­tu­nity to kill the vic­tim in the ar­eas since they were us­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle, the eas­i­est and fastest gate­way ve­hi­cle af­ter com­mit­ting the crime.

Through the check­point op­er­a­tion, he said the po­lice can in­ter­cept im­me­di­ately the ridin­gin-tan­dem suspects.

Mean­while,

Fa­mil­iaran said the sug­ges­tion to sus­pend the na­tional Hel­met Law still need a study and an ap­proval from the Congress.

This, af­ter Pico ear­lier said that they will also pro­pose to the City Coun­cil to tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend the Hel­met Law in the city, adding that they faced dif­fi­cul­ties in iden­ti­fy­ing the iden­ti­ties of the suspects in sev­eral crime in­ci­dents be­cause most of them were us­ing hel­mets.

“We’re im­ple­ment­ing a na­tional law and it needs an ac­tion from the Congress if there’s some­one want to re­peal it, it’s a law so we need to im­ple­ment it,” Fa­mil­iaran said.*

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