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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, March 19, 2013
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Ordaniel to ask for more
policemen for May polls

Bacolod City police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, yesterday said he will request for additional policemen to offset the lack of personnel, especially during the May 13 elections.

He will coordinate with the Public Safety Management Battalion if there are new cops who could be assigned to Bacolod, Ordaniel said.

Ordaniel had earlier said his office still lacks personnel, and that one policeman serves 1,000 Bacoleños, when the ideal ratio should be one cop for every 100 residents.

But he said this will not affect their security plans as they adopted measures to make up for personnel deficit, like the creation of a six-man trackers’ team to run after robbers and thieves riding in tandem on motorcycles.

Ordaniel said the only problem the trackers’ team is facing is the lack of gasoline allowance.

Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Frank Carbon said their members agreed to help finance the gasoline needs of the team.

Carbon said the MBCCI will continue its support to the BCPO, that was started during the time of Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, who organized the Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives, or policemen on motorcycles.

To further curb street crimes in Bacolod, Ordaniel ordered that policemen on police integrated patrol system should go on duty 24/7.*APN

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7 killed, 19 injured in
highway mishap

Seven persons were killed and 19 others wounded when a passenger van collided head on with a dump truck in Parang, Maguindanao, at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday, the police said.

The van with 19 passengers was heading toward Pagadian City, and the dump truck was going to Barangay Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, when the accident happened in Brgy. Timbangan, Parang, Maguindanao.

Four of the van passengers, including the driver, died on the spot, and three others succumbed while being operated on at the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center.

Soldiers of the 37th Infantry Battalion, who were the first responders, said the van driver and those sitting in the front seat were pinned to death. Five of the fatalities were women, including an eight-year-old girl. The girl’s mother was in critical condition.

The van was negotiating a sharp curve when the accident happened, the survivors said.

It was the worst highway mishap in Parang in the last five years, officials said as they urged passenger van operators plying the Cotabato-Pagadian via Parang, Maguindanao to remind drivers about the risk of over-speeding.

Officials said van operators should impose a speed limit on all drivers to avoid accidents.*PNA

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