Crimes in the cities

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By Max Sangil

For the Record

Sunday, February 2, 2014


IT IS a cause for concern. The rise in the number of crimes committed in Angeles City. My colleague, Carlito Ganzon, newly minted president of the Association of Barangay Captains(ABC) convened recently his group of 33 barangay leaders and invited the chief of police and other officers to explain why the rash of crimes.

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My friend reporter Jess Malabanan reported the sad experience of William Richard Decoty, an American tourist who was robbed of all his valuables, cash and high end gadgets. He was billeted in an apartment in the Sta. Maria subdivision and just went for a leisure walk at the nearby Fields Avenue, and went he arrived at his temporary residence, everything was gone. He swore to high heavens he will never come back in this country.

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Arlene Reilly, 39 businesswoman told police authorities over the weekend that her pad in J.Surla street in Barangay Pulungbulo was burglarized. In the same barangay, Leonida Azarcon 38 and Aldous Manzano 46 a retired US navyman lost all what they have to burglary.

If we open the police files in each precincts, I can now imagine how high is the crime statistics. It is raising to the roof.

The question now is how will the city government respond to this?

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When the American soldiers and their families hurriedly left after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991, it was my thinking that what is left of the image of Angeles as a 'honky tonky' town will be completely erased.

Recently, again the city was shown in a BBC documentary and featured young children in a cybersex video. It took foreigners to expose a crime which has been on-going for years now and under the very noses of the authorities. What a shame!

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Elsewhere, “the police authorities in Camp Olivas relieved the city chief of police of San Fernando due to numerous unsolved murders, series of robberies and hold-up incidents as well as heinous crimes.” What is happening to our country general, to quote the late Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez after he was shot in Quezon City. And what is happening to your city Mayor Edwin?

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In Guagua town, my friend Senior Supt. Oscar Albayalde scored in his campaign against illegal drugs following the confiscation of 300 grams of shabu valued at P2.1 million in a buy bust operation in Barangay Pulong Masle.

The public wants to hear of the same. Authorities winning their campaigns against crimes. I suppose the people in Mabalacat City wanted also the police to launch a no let-up drive vs. drug pushing in that city which has been ongoing for some years now.

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Some people are asking. How come Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is so successful in running Davao City, and there is almost zero crime there? Why can't other local executives can't do the same?

If I may venture some answers. Maybe he means business in fighting crimes. Maybe he is not pocketing his intelligence funds and use it really for the intended purposes. Maybe he will not spare even member of his families, like his daughter former Mayor Sara from apprehensions for traffic violations.

Maybe, he has no wife who interferes in the affair of the city. Maybe, he goes to his city hall office daily and not only seen during Monday's flag ceremony. Maybe, just maybe said Jack Lord in every episode of the TV series Hawai Five-O.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 03, 2014.

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