Ports, biz establishments urged
to boost security vs. terrorism
Negros Occidental provincial police director, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, placed all PNP stations in the province on a heightened alert status yesterday, following the Cotabato City blast on Monday, and appealed to the public to remain vigilant.
Lirazan also asked the management of airports, commercial establishments, ports, and terminals, to strengthen their security, to discourage ill-meaning people from carrying improvised explosives devices.
Security measures should be enhanced with measures like the checking of bags and other items being brought into their business establishment, especially if they look suspicious”, Lirazan told ABS-CBN.
Supt. Jefferson Descallar of the Bacolod City Police Office, meanwhile said people should report immediately to the police any unusual activities so they can be addressed properly.
He said people should also watch over suspicious vehicles parked in their areas 24 hours, since a car was involved in the recent bombing in Cotabato.
Descallar said BCPO acting officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, has directed all units to look out for new faces and activities in the city, especially in high population density area like malls and markets.
He said all intelligence units of BCPO are at work to prevent incidents like the bombings in Cagayan de Oro and in Cotabato City recently.
The Cagayan de Oro bombing at the Limketkai Complex killed six people and wounded 46 others, while the recent blast at Sinsuat Avenue in Cotabato City, claimed nine lives and left 40 injured.*SGG
3 minors nabbed for
Three minors who violated the curfew that started Tuesday night were turned over to the Social Development Center in the Bacolod City Police Office compound in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City.
Supt. Jefferson Descallar of the BCPO said yesterday that three minor boys, two of whom were aged 11 and another 10, were taken by Station 6 policemen from the streets.
The minors were also caught sniffing suspected rugby at Libertad Street in Bacolod at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. They were the first violators of the curfew that has been re-implemented by the BCPO, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next morning.
Descallar said the police need to look after the minors since some are involved in petty crimes.
He said minors who commit crimes will be considered as children in conflict with the law, and will be brought to the Women and Children’s Complaints Desk.
Descallar said they will first validate if they are indeed minors before making them undergo intervention activities.
Those 15 years old and below, he said, will be held criminally exempted but if they are 15 to 18 years old, the authorities will determine whether they have discernment, before charges are filed against them.
He said the police have coordinated with the local government and the 10 stations have all been directed by BCPO acting officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, to strengthen the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams to help in the implementation of the City Ordinance 331.
The ordinance states that first offenders will be turned over to their parents, second offenders will render eight hours of community service, and the third and successive offenders must render 16 hours of community service, and eight more hours for every other subsequent offense.*SGG
Fire destroys house
A residential house at Moles Street in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City, was hit by a fire at about 8:07 last night, and left about P3,000 in damage, a report from the Bureau of Fire and Protection showed.
Fire Officer 1 Anthony Banay said that, based on his investigation, the fire, believed to be electrical in nature, started at the southeast portion of the house owned by Gilbert Flores and was put out at about 8:27 p.m.
There were no reported casualties or injuries.
Three fire trucks were dispatched to the area and were assisted by those of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber fire volunteer brigade, records show.
Meanwhile, about P1 million worth of products made of rubber and leather went up in smoke when a fire, also electrical in nature, hit the storage room of the Unison Shoe Emporium at the third floor of the Tai Guan building, at Luzuriaga Street in Bacolod City, at about 11:30 a.m. Monday.*SGG