TO PREVENT lawless elements from sneaking into Cagayan de Oro City, authorities have adjusted the checkpoints to ensure that all vehicles would pass strict scrutiny and security inspections.
Chief Inspector Mardy Hortillosa II, spokesperson of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), said checkpoints were adjusted a week after the declaration of martial law following several complaints and observations from motorists.
Hortillosa said authorities have put up three major checkpoints manned 24 hours by different police units of the city.
Police units are positioned at the Indahag checkpoint, Lumbia highway near Koresko hotel, and Tablon village near UKC.
Hortillosa also said Cocpo personnel were augmenting the checkpoint at El Salvador City.
The Cocpo spokesman said the Bugo checkpoint was moved in Tablon highway to prevent traffic build-up and to screen vehicles coming from Bukidnon.
"Giwala natong sa may Bugo kay naka-cause og traffic. May man diri sa may UKC dapit kay masala tanan sakyanan apil gikan sa Bukidnon (We stopped the checkpoint in Bugo ‘cause it only caused traffic. It is better to hold checkpoints here in UKC ‘cause we can check all vehicles, including those coming from Bukidnon)," Hortillosa said.
"Ang sa Talakag going to CDO diha nato sa may Koresko gibutang ang checkpoint para masala gihapon tanan sakyanan (For Talakag going to CDO, we implemented a checkpoint at Koresko so we canstill check all the vehicles)," Hortillosa added.
The spokesperson said the roads passing through villages Indahag and Lumbia could be used by lawless groups to sneak in to the city.
He also said the checkpoint at Kinasanghan in Iponan village was moved to El Salvador City to prevent motorists from passing the diversion road in Opol town.
The chief inspector said that apart from the three main checkpoints, police stations are also conducting random mobile checkpoints and patrolling for police visibility.
"Kanang sauna nga checkpoint sa Lumbia ug sa Kinasahanghan, naa ra gihapon na pero dili lang siya 24 hours pero we ensure nga gyud police pud (The checkpoint in Lumbia and Kinasahanghan is still there except that it’s not 24 hours anymore)," Hortillosa said.
Other checkpoints in Misamis Oriental include Kibungsod, Magsaysay, and Salimbal Lugait.
Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano said he wanted to have the photos of wanted Maute and other terrorists, including those directly involved in the Marawi siege to be posted at the Capitol, municipal and city halls in the province.
Emano said the posting of photos and names of these wanted persons at strategic ares would greatly contribute to their arrest.
The governor urged the public to cooperate and report any suspicious personalities to authorities.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 17, 2017.