Town’s cops arrest the rain-A A +A
Thursday, April 12, 2012
WHEN it rains, the Pinamungahan town police chief said they have to rush the computer unit of their operations branch to another room where it can be safe.
Insp. Raymundo Enriquez, in a phone interview, said they would get drenched if they stay in their office in times of downpour.
These scenes, according to Enriquez, had occurred and will continue to happen if the holes on the old one-story police station’s roof will not be fixed.
The police official said the roof above his office has a hole, which he covered with a sealant.
Enriquez said the police station’s gate and some portions of the concrete walls are already dilapidated.
A police officer who refused to be identified said they contribute money from their own pocket for the police station’s repair.
Enriquez denied he solicited money from his personnel. He said he already asked for financial assistance from the Pinamungahan Municipal Government during a council session two weeks ago.
Vice Mayor Honey Yapha told him the council will pass a resolution that will allocate money for the police station’s repair.
Meantime, Enriquez said they spent a portion of their P20,000 monthly operational allowance (MOA) from the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) for a slight renovation.
“We are already doing some repair,” he said in Cebuano.
He said he commissioned some of his relatives to fix the gate and the damaged walls. The police station’s façade had been newly painted.
He further said he borrowed potted plants from his relatives and placed them on the yard to the amazement of CPPO Director Patrocinio Comendador, who inspected the police station last Thursday.
“This is a good police station because it is standing on its own lot,” said Enriquez.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 12, 2012.