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Monday, September 16, 2019

Northern Mindanao police ask motorists to have more patience

HEAVY traffic can’t be avoided.

This was the admission of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao of the nagging problem that arises after the conduct of checkpoints in the region’s key areas in the wake of violence-inspired Martial Law declaration in Mindanao.

PRO-Northern Mindanao spokesperson Superintendent Lemuel Gonda said the increasing number of checkpoints would normally cause a long queue of vehicles, hence triggering a monstrous traffic jam.

"Wala man ta sa regular nga pamalakad naa man ta sa martial law," said Gonda as he made an appeal to motorists to cooperate and endure more patience.

The Northern Mindanao police, Gonda said, will discuss the matter on Monday's regular command conference.

"Atong i-brought up ni sa conference sa Monday," Gonda said.

Since the declaration of martial law due to violence that erupted in Marawi City, checkpoints have been strictly implemented especially in areas entering Cagayan de Oro City.

Motorists lined up before being checked by authorities.

"Magduha ka oras sad gayud ayha mi kalabay sa checkpoint diha sa Tagoloan pasulod sa Bugo," one motorist said.

"Akong nabayran sa taxi moabot sad og P500," another one complained.

Gonda said they will study on how to expedite the checkpoint without jeopardizing its efficiency.

Gonda said another problem in areas where checkpoints are conducted are the narrow roads.

"Atong tan-awon kung unsaon nato mapa-paspas ang checkpoint kay dili malikayan nga motaas gyud ang build-up sa mga sakyanan kay inspectionon man gyud sa mga police. Ato pud gi-consider ang kagamay sa dalan kay 2 lanes ra pero paningkamotan nato nga mapaspas ang checkpoint," Gonda said.

Bugo and Iponan highways, being the entry points of the city in the east and west portion, are just the main areas where strict checkpoints are conducted.

But, Gonda said authorities are also checking other diversionary roads where motorists can possibly pass to evade checkpoints.

"Ang main checkpoints is diha sa Kinasahanghan ug sa Bugo kay maoy pasulod sa CDO pero apil pud nato coastal road then Lumbia and other areas. Nag-coordinate pud ta sa barangay especially sa mga hinterland kung asa pwede mangagi ang mga motorista para makalikay sa checkpoints," added Gonda.
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