NEWS: Mayor Uy declares persona non grata to highway patrol group for alleged kotong

Demands their immediate pullout

nov 3

Tagum City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy has declared as persona non grata the unnamed officials and personnel of the Highway Patrol Group assigned in the city’s highways for allegedly engaging in kotong (extortion) activities victimizing drivers and operators of cargo trucks passing the city.

In a strongly worded letter dated October 29, 2008 and addressed to P/S Supt. Ernesto Tesoro Jr, regional chief of the Highway Patrol Group XI based in Davao City, Mayor Uy said that “his office received a number of complaints coming from the drivers and/or operators of cargo trucks passing the National Highways of Tagum City with the information that there are robbers in uniform, referring to the National Highway Patrol Group, soliciting TOLL FEES before one can be allowed to pass the National Highway of Tagum City” .

The mayor lamented stating “that said public officials are the ones to break the law and losing the trust of the general public”.

“(This) surely produces unpleasant sound to everyone’s ear. We have to stop this ‘kotong’ (extortion) victimizing some of our constituents,” he said.

“It is my submission that matters and activities pertaining to carnapping and stability of peace and order in the highways of this City can be well handled and taken cared by the Local Government of Tagum,” the mayor added in his letter.

Invoking his city’s “commitment in maintaining viable, efficient and dependable transportation system for the economic development and progress, he as a city mayor, manifested that said “personnel and officials of Highway Patrol Group assigned in the National Highways of Tagum are declared PERSONA NON GRATA.”

He thus asked the higher command of the Highway Patrol Group to pull out the said group from the territorial highways of the city.

Mayor Uy’s letter stated copies furnished to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and Provincial Police Director PSSupt. Benilito Bianzon (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

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