NEWS: Gang wars in Tagum worry lady councilor

Lady Councilor Mylene Baura is calling for collaborative efforts from various sectors in preventing the city’s youths from falling prey to youth gangs that have reportedly engaged in feuds and wars with other gangs.

Baura said that unverified reports came to her office that last week’s shooting of a student at the vicinity of the St. Mary’s College was sparked by a rivalry of youth gangs.

She added that the youth gangs that reportedly come by names Tags, Clips and Bloods have young boys and teeners as members.

This came as City Police Superintendent Dario Gunabe has been actively deploying police patrols especially at nighttime in identified places where suspected gang members loiter and group.

The councilor appealed to the concerned parents in the city to look after their student children especially as she heard reports that some youths have been using the alibi of going to internet cafes at night to do research for their assignments but were actually doing something else like loitering which has caused some to fall prey of the recruitment activities of young gangs.

Baura and the city police department have already scheduled school symposia in their educational awareness drive against youth gangs.

She said that the protection of the city’s youths is not only a government and police matter as it is also a concern of the schools, parents and everybody.

The lady councilor said that the city must be free of gangs and gang wars as it is a meeting place of young adults even from neighboring municipalities in order to give them freedom to enjoy roaming freely in the city.(Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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