Oro placed on high alert

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Friday, August 8, 2014


WITH the Mindanao-wide Milo Little Olympics Mindanao taking place in Cagayan de Oro beginning Friday, authorities have geared up and are on the lookout for possible threats as thousands of student athletes and visitors flocked to the city for the said sports event.

Superintendent Danildo Tumanda, deputy city director for administration, said there have been security plans prepared for the sports event held at Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center that the police refused to divulge.

The Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) has augmented the visibility of police in the area and around the city to pre-empt criminal activities from occurring, Tumanda told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday afternoon.

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The city has remained on alert due to the series of robberies and killings happening lately.

Aside from the 200 police officers deployed by the Regional Police Office-Northern Mindanao in the city following a jewelry shop robbery on July 22, 50 additional police have also been assigned for the two-day weekend sports fest.

Even with the shortage of police officers, Tumanda assured the heightened alert will make the city safe.

Some ranking Cocpo officials, however, have been the subject of scrutiny recently due to the unsolved incidents that continue to plague the city.

Last July 31, five Macasandig police officers were put on hot seat after a wife witnessed the slaying of her husband, which she alleged a handiwork of a police.

Aside from that, eight of the nine burnt bodies, believed to be victims of summary killings, dumped in areas in the city and nearby towns between June and July have yet to be identified.

On June 29, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police (PNP) were ordered by President Benigno Aquino III to put the city under response system alert level 2 following possible terror plots.

In July 2013, a restaurant at a mall in the city was bombed killing eight people including doctors and medical representatives who were attending a national convention. Although identified, suspects have remained at large.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 09, 2014.

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