Little vermin under Cocpo’s nose

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By Nef Luczon

Pencalibur

Sunday, March 9, 2014


TODAY, on this very Monday, I am hoping that the media monitoring department of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) will notice this column and cut this out from the newspaper and forward this to their currently sitting police director, might as well to the regional office of the Philippine National Police in Northern Mindanao, and why not, forward this to Camp Crame.

Most specifically, I hope this column will reach to the desk of the current station commander of Police Station 2 commonly regarded as the Cogon Police Precinct. I hope you will read this very carefully.

This may not be new to you, but days ago I experienced it myself when I was riding a Lapasan-route jeepney that passed through Cogon Market. I was with other few passengers and when I thought it was just an ordinary afternoon, it turned out it’s not when a female student screamed after an unidentified thief grabbed her cellular phone and ran toward the market with ease and speed.

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Unfortunately, this is not the first time I heard of this kind of modus operandi, it only solidifies the fact that there is evil lurking among its people at the heart of Cogon market and its nearby streets.

Since last year, I was able to hear the tales of those who fell victims, but at the start of 2014, it grew closer to my peripheral consciousness. Before, I heard of robbing incidents of cellular phones from jeepney passengers from friends and students, it’s either their friends or acquaintances that were victims or it was them personally, and then weeks later it was my colleagues at work.

Now, that I saw it myself just days ago, the scenario was detestable. Even I wasn’t the victim but I also felt helpless and inutile for not helping at least to drag that thief down to the ground, but even so I’d like to beat the thief but I can’t, in the end, it’s still about police work. It was a traumatic experience, and I am very upset and angry.

Here comes the irony of ironies. Police Station 2 is strategically located at the second floor of Cogon Market because it’s supposed to monitor the peace and order situation and curb criminalities even in a small scale. I’d like to believe that somehow the police force was able to apprehend some, but because nobody wanted to pursue a case then more likely these detained criminals are set free, eventually in the end they are still doing the evil deed.

That is why I’m asking Cocpo in general, please put an end to this. If you can’t pin down small thieveries, it’s not a surprise if you can’t resolve the bigger ones. You don’t want also that you will get competition from vigilante groups if these are going to get worse.

I know the current Cocpo director and precinct commander of Police Station 2 were not yet assigned to their current post when a bank in Osmeña Avenue was robbed in 2011, but it’s a good reminder that until now there’s still no development in the case.

We don’t want to get robbed everyday, because we are sick and tired of it. We already are being robbed by our taxes by some greedy people in the government, and now we’re still being robbed by some small time thieves in the streets.

(Email: nefluczon@gmail.com | nefoi.blogspot.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 10, 2014.

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