AMID FEARS OF ASSASSINATION
THE Pangasinan Police have assured local executives in the province that they can request their chiefs of police for a security detail if they go out of town.
The assurance was made by P/Sr. Superintendent Wilson Lopez, newly installed officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Police office when asked by newsmen if the police will provide security to mayors who have expressed concern over their safety since the assassination of Mayors Antonio Halili of Tanauan City in Batangas and Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio town in Nueva Ecija.
“Kung may specific na lakad sila (mayors), they can ask doon sa ating mga chiefs of police at ang ating mga chiefs of police ay bantayan ang engagement ng mga local chief executives ng kani-kanilang bayan. Gagawin po nila yon,” Lopez said.
Lopez, however, said no mayor has so far asked for police security.
Each chief of police may assign two policemen in uniform as additional security for a particular event where the mayor is expected to attend, Lopez said.
The new OIC of the Pangasinan Police said he has ordered all police stations in Pangasinan to intensify checkpoint operations and Oplan Sita as these could greatly help in deterring crimes in cities, towns, and barangays.
Meanwhile, Lopez called on the public not to panic if they see policemen conducting checkpoints and Oplan Sita.
At the same time, Lopez said he ordered P/Superintendent Jandale Sulit, chief of police of Dagupan, to resume their operations against loiterers, in tandem with personnel from Task Force 21 and other personnel of the city government.
Dagupan is the only local government unit in Pangasinan that has identified ordinances for enforcement to impose discipline in the streets and classified this as Artikulo 21.
Lopez has been visiting police stations since the day he was assigned as OIC of the Pangasinan police and gave the observation that all the stations are preforming well.
Pangasinan, he said, remains one of the most peaceful provinces in the country, he added. (Leonardo Micua)
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