CITY Councilor Caesar Distrito urged the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to conduct a thorough investigation on the recent shooting incidents and other crimes in Bacolod City.
He made the call Monday, August 21, following the killing of a policeman who had gone absent without leave (Awol) and linked to the illegal drug trade. His companion-policemen and the latter's teenage son were injured during a shooting in Barangay 16, Saturday.
“Either the police involved in shooting incidents, or police being killed is something that everyone should be worried,” Distrito said.
He said policemen are supposed to be the one maintaining peace and order, but now they are being in the center of all of these incidents.
On Saturday, Police Officer 1 (PO1) Federico Nicolas of Barangay Alangilan, and his companion PO1 Wilmer Bansag with a 17-year-old son, both residents of Barangay Banago, were on board on gray Mitsubishi Adventure when unidentified suspects on board on white Toyota Vios fired at them several times.
Nicolas, who was tagged a level two high value target of Police Regional Office-Negros Island Region and was under the drug watchlist of BCPO, died on the spot while his two companions were rushed to a hospital.
“They should also give a look not only at drugs, but also at other criminality, robbery, and illegal gambling as these are on the rise,” Distrito said.
The councilor urged Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, acting director of BCPO, to investigate these incidents, and give the public a clear explanation, and act and resolve all these as soon as possible.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on August 22, 2017.
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