Police turn over kits to Bontoc elders

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Friday, July 4, 2014


CORDILLERA police are arming a women's group in Bontoc.

In a bid to help the cause of the famous Bontoc Womens' Brigade, the Police Regional Office-Cordillera has given them patrol kits.

Included in the kits are 50 pieces of flashlights, whistles, and handcuffs, which the women’s group, composed of elders in the community, weapons these fearless women need in sending drunken folk home.

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Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey said the request from equipment was made through Cordillera Police Regional Director Isagani Nierez when the latter came for a visit in Bontoc on May.

"Over the years, these brave women have shown how important community involvement is in the maintenance of peace and order in our community," Odsey said.

These elderly women who are mostly comprised of grandmothers go out at night to close bars and music houses in the town as well as in villages after curfew hours.

Since 2001, these fearless women have been on the night watch armed only with flashlights and a whistle resolutely breaking up spirited partygoers and keeping the peace in Bontoc.

The women then, were only armed with a blue jacket, a whistle, batuta rod and handcuffs, however the women hardly use the tools, their presence alone is enough to rouse a drunken man to consciousness and peacefully order him home.

During the turnover ceremonies, 44 members of the brigade were present to receive the kits from Senior Superintendent Oliver Enmodias, director of the Mountain Province Police Provincial Office (MPPPO), in simple ceremonies at the Bontoc Town Hall.

Locals attest the women brigade are successful in breaking up fights and sending drunkards home because of their age and gentle prodding’s, partygoers tend to heed the call of these senior ladies manning the night watch.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 05, 2014.

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