Police help desks to be set up
in cemeteries, memorial parks
The “Oplan Kaluluwa” campaign of the Bacolod City Police Office is set for the celebration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ days on Nov. 1 and 2.
Police assistance desks will be set up in nine cemeteries and memorial parks in Bacolod, Supt. Jefferson Descallar said yesterday.
He advised the public not to bring bladed weapons, firearms or illegal games paraphernalia when they visit cemeteries.
He said that the Commission on Elections gun ban will be on until November 12, so holders of firearms or deadly weapons violating it will be charged.
He also discouraged visitors from bringing alcoholic liquors as this could cause violence at the cemetery.
The wearing of valuable jewelry is also not advisable since criminals may take advantage of the situation, with the huge influx of people in cemeteries, he said, adding that people should be very vigilant and watch over their things while visiting the graves of deceased family members or friends.
Areas of convergence, like ports and terminals, and economic key points, like malls and plazas, will be guarded by policemen, he also said.*SGG
Fire hits sugar canes
The Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office received 203 Glock-17 pistols from the Police Regional Office-6 at turnover rites held at the Camp Alfredo Montelibano in Bacolod City yesterday.
Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, Western Visayas regional director, who led the turnover of the pistols to NOPPO provincial director, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, said policemen should have the skills in handling the firearm to use it effectively.
The new generation pistols will be given to policemen in Negros Occidental. These are, to Bago City – 23, Cadiz City – 23, Escalante City – 19, Himamaylan City – 20, Kabankalan City – 19, La Carlota City – 20, Sagay City – 12, San Carlos City – 16, Silay City – 8, Sipalay City – 17, Talisay City – 10, Victorias City – 14, and Binalbagan town – 2.
Earlier, the PRO-6 also turned over 204 guns to the Bacolod City Police Office and 39 for the Victorias City Police Office. The Western Visayas PNP was allotted 1,650 of the 22,603 Glock 17 pistols purchased by the main headquarters.
PNP director general Alan Purisima had ordered that priority be given to PNP units stationed in major tourist destinations and urban centers in the distribution of the firearms, and that only personnel who have passed the training in firearms proficiency and maintenance are eligible for the Glock 17.
The safe-action pistol is currently in service in about 60 percent of the national police forces and law enforcement agencies in Europe, America and Asia, the PNP said.*SGG
Police Beat Title
Fire hit a hectare of sugarcane ready for harvest in Hacienda Edmar, Totong 1, Brgy. Felisa in Bacolod City, yesterday at about 3:25 p.m.
City Bureau of Fire Protection deputy fire marshal, Insp. Publio Ploteña, said they received a call that the sugarcane plantation owned by a certain Mr. Ortaliz was on fire.
The BFP is still investigating the damage and the cause of the fire that lasted for more than an hour, Ploteña said.
A fire truck from the BFP sub-station in Brgy. Pahanocoy, Bacolod, was dispatched to the area, and was assisted by those of the Amity and Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, he added.*SGG