Call to arms sounded at DavNor SP

aug 7-13, 2013

“More guns, more ammo, more policemen”

In the wake of the hold-up robbery victimizing their own colleague, several board members raised recurring theme prodding the Tagum City and provincial police to submit request-proposals to the body for aid and assistance from the provincial government to counter increasing incidents of criminality occurring in the city since the recent weeks.
Board Member Vicente “Enting:” Eliot, was held-up and robbed three weeks ago by still unidentified two armed men who immediately fled on motorcyle after getting about P30,000 cash from the board member’s junkshop at Barangay Visayan Village.
During the July 1 session attended by Tagum chief of police PSupt. Solomon De Castella, Board Member Alan Dujali raised the need for the police to submit proposal for aid as the provincial government has budget for peace and security as it has been giving aid to other sectors in the province.
Dujali was supported by Board Members Shirley Aala, Ernesto Evangelista, Joey Millan and Dr. Fred De Veyra.
Dujali was concerned on the crimes that hit personnel from the provincial government such Cong. Anthony del Rosario’s chief bodyguard Froilan Maureal and his colleague Eliot, asking “who’s next?”
De Castella was invited by the SP as resource person to give update of the hold-up robbery of Eliot and on the series of robberies, hold ups and other crimes occurring the city. Provincial police director PSSupt. Samuel Gadingan had his turn in the previous session.
PSupt. De Castella informed the body they had already a cartographic sketch for the suspects who robbed Eliot whom the police was still pursuing.
He said that when he was assigned as police chief in Davao del Sur, the problem there was more on carnapping of motorcycles, while in Davao del Norte since he assumed office is robbery-holdup with akyat bahay robbery having more incidents.
He said that the provincial police in Davao del Sur once conducted a raid in Cotabato where the police discovered motorcycle engines being converted as engines for the bancas in Liguasan Marsh.
He added that the Tagum City police force of 150 need to be augmented with 50 more policemen besides the need to increase its mobile patrol cars.
Eliot sounded to clarify the need for more guns, more ammunition and more policemen to be deployed.
The long-running proposal for one additional personnel for a bodyguard to each SP member was raised anew on the floor.
Board Member Joey Millan has still his bodyguard being funded by the Office of the Governor.
Currently, each SP member except Millan enjoys a 5-staff complement for the chief of staff, secretary, driver, liason officer and utility personnel.
Millan, a lawyer, has 6 staffers with one bodyguard he personally funded in initial months when he first joined the SP and who was later funded by the governor’s office.
Millan, in an interview Monday said, “it’s in the open, I do not hide it.” (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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