TO secure the funeral of Ermita Barangay Captain Felicisimo “Imok” Rupinta, 50 police officers from the Cebu City Police Office will be deployed today.
Supt. Artemio Ricabo, deputy city director for administration of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said police chiefs whose areas of responsibility fell under the funeral route are the ground commanders.
Rupinta will be brought to the Queen City Memorial Garden today. A mass will be held first at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish-Recoletos.
“We will deploy personnel in the route, in the cemetery as well as during the mass,” Ricabo said.
Ricabo also urged the mourners to be calm and avoid any scenes that might disrupt the burial.
“Please go with the flow and avoid saying things that might disturb the others,” Ricabo said.
Ricabo added that the police are also ready in case protests from Rupinta’s supporters will erupt.
Meanwhile, Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera hopes the funeral will be a peaceful one.
After the mass, a procession will take place in Magallanes St., then to Briones St., then to M.J. Cuenco Ave. before going to the cemetery.
“This is a highly emotional event, so we are asking the people of Ermita to tone down their emotions,” Garganera said.
Councilor Dave Tumulak assured that security will be tight.
“First is to secure the family of Imok. Second is to maintain public order and safety during the procession,” he said.
Aside from the police, traffic enforcers will also be deployed. Medical personnel will also be around. (JOB, Jaziel Calumpag, USC Intern)