Village chiefs told: Arrest all those recruiting girls

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte directed the authorities and all 182 barangay chiefs, including barangay tanods who would serve as police auxiliary, to keep a keen eye out against illegal recruiters especially those preying on young girls.

The city mayor called for a command conference last Friday with DCPO director Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao Jr. and the 12 police station commanders, Task Force Davao (TFD) commander Colonel Macairog S. Alberto, and other government agencies, to discuss the worsening crime incidents in the city.

"Mainit talaga ang ulo ko dito sa human trafficking. There are many girls na recruit na hindi na bumalik. Ang masakit diyan they are sold to markets abroad. One of the things that you have to dialogue with the barangay captains is itong illegal recruitment," Duterte said.

"I also told the barangay captains to be alert... pag kayo may na balitaan na meron nag re-recruit sa area n'yo, well, I do not want to insult anybody here pero yung mga bakla, especially those recruiting minors, paghulihin ninyo yan. Kasi kung legit naman yan, they should have their office," Duterte added.

Duterte also told the maritime police to monitor possible human trafficking activities.

"Dapat magbantay din kayo. Wala kasi akong nakikitang maritime. I am not saying you are not working, wala lang talaga akong nakikitang movement from your end. You strengthen you operations," Duterte said.

Duterte also directed the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), particularly all the police station commanders, to design its security plan, including the barangay tanods (village watchmen) who would serve as police auxiliary, to address the series of robbery and theft incidents in their area of responsibility.

The Davao City Police Office said the crime incidents have increased by almost 45 percent in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period last year.

"We have the biggest city in the world, the population growth is going fast, and if you go up stairs and look at the entire city... you could see the changes. We are comfortable here. Ang hindi lang natin mahinto ay itong akyat bahay," Duterte told the authorities.

Duterte directed the police officers to draft its security plan in combat against the non-stop robbery incidents in their area. He also said that the police auxiliary should be included in their plans, as they will be under their supervision and control once the village watchmen are done with their trainings.

"You should endeavor to talk with the barangay policemen in your area of responsibility, kasi kung wala itong advocacy ng barangay based campaign, patay tayo, we can never solve the problem about these akyat bahay. Mahirapan talaga tayo, which is why we have to take in augmentation of the force multipliers," Duterte said.

Duterte earlier came up such decision to reinforce the village watchmen in 182 barangays due to number of robbery incidents here especially after one woman was killed in a robbery incident in Bankerohan. The mayor asked five watchmen from each barangay to undergo training as police auxiliary at DCPO.

Supt. Antonio Rivera, chief of DCPO's Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB), in a separate interview, said the training for the police auxiliary already started last week. He added that there are around 100 village watchmen trained every week.

"Ang kulang na lang natin is how to meet the challenges of the problem of akyat bahay. It's everywhere. Kaya pag-aralan niyo (police and village watchmen) yung problema. Look at the problem; analyze kung saan kaya ito mostly will strike, then hulihin niyo yung mga suspects," Duterte said.

Duterte also told the police and TFD to map out stricter security measures in their respective areas and triple their effort in trimming down crime incidents. He added that he'll allow the police auxiliary to carry a shotgun each that will only be used during the working hours.

"The idiots may choose to fight it out but I'll not allow government employees to just die there... So we really need to arm them with shotgun. I am not comfortable with the army with a handgun. Ayaw ko yung side arm kasi it's prone to abuse. Alam mo naman minsan ang ugali ng iba," Duterte said.

Duterte said as effective functionaries, the mayor warned the police auxiliary not to be malovelent once they have a firearm.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 10, 2014.

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