Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, acting director of the Bacolod City Police Office, said yesterday that even if the Alferez robbery/hold-up gang is not in the city, they are not relaxing their security and monitoring operations.
Ordaniel said the BCPO Special Operations Group and the intelligence branch are monitoring unusual activities since other suspects, who evaded arrest after robbing a pawnshop in Dumagute City, Negros Oriental, might come to Bacolod.
Even if the travel time from Dumaguete to Bacolod takes a few hours, Ordaniel said the suspects will have a hard time penetrating the city since the Dumaguete police have already confiscated their vehicles and firearms.
Ordaniel had earlier directed all 10 police stations in the city to be on alert for any threats to the peace and security in their areas for the existence of the members of this Mindanao-based organized crime group, eyed as suspects in the daytime heist of a pawnshop in Dumaguete on Saturday.
Ordaniel asked the public to maintain their vigilance and to report any information about suspicious new personalities in their barangays so the police could validate them.
Ordaniel also said that the gasoline debt of the BCPO for the months of March and April to the Caltex station owned by the Valencia family, has already been paid by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
He said the Sangguniang Panlungsod had passed a resolution appropriating about P400,000 for gasoline expenses of the patrol cars of the police stations and of the BCPO from the PAGCOR fund.*SGG