THE implementation of martial law throughout Mindanao reduced the crime rate in the city, according to the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO).
Superintendent Diomarie Albarico, ZCPO officer-in-charge, told the press on Monday, May 29, that robbers and thieves lied low in their nefarious activities for fear of the military rule all over Mindanao.
“Our crime rate has significantly dropped, particularly the crimes against persons and crimes against property (robbery and theft) since martial law was declared,” Albarcio said. He did not release any figure.
He added though that there was a slight increase if not prevalence in vehicular accidents.
Albarcio said they will be proposing for the imposition of speed limit on roads in the city proper.
Inbound checkpoints, meanwhile, will utilize a three-lane set-up to facilitate faster and smoother security checks in compliance with this city’s “No ID (identification), No Entry” policy, the authorities said.
To manage the heavy flow of traffic in checkpoints, roads leading to checkpoint sites will be divided into a motorcycle and tricycle lane, a public utility jeepneys/ public utility vehicle and bus lane, and a private vehicle and cargo truck lane.
The implementation of the policy is part of the stepped-up security measure implemented in the city following the Marawi City incident that prompted the declaration of martial law in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte last May 23. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)