Sunday August 19, 2018

Cordillera top cop calls for unity vs crime

BAGUIO. Personnel of the Provincial Security Services Office garbed in their native attire representing the Bontoc Igorot warriors parade during the Independence Day celebration around the main streets of the capital town of Bontoc in Mountain Province. (Photo by Ferdie Cariño Castañeda)

THE top police official in the Cordillera region has called on Cordillerans to unite in maintaining the peace to ensure progress.

Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana, Police Regional Office Cordillera regional director, made the call during the Independence Day celebration in Baguio City.

“We may have been freed from foreign oppression but we were still not free from the threats of society. On my perspective, we are still not free from the threats of criminality, corruption, illegal drugs, and terrorism,” Nana stated.

Nana also asked Cordillerans to participate in combating the problems and challenges of our society.

“In our observance of Independence Day in the city, let us all strive to take care of what our forefathers started and fought for. We all have a role despite our different standing in society. Let us strive by providing truthful service and participation not only today but in the future,” the police officer said.

Nana also called on the citizens of the region to join their officials by joining in the programs of their communities particularly in the talks for peace.

“All problems cannot be solved by the police alone. Unity among us is needed and this is the reason why we are asking the participation of everyone because the future of our country and the coming generation now rests on our shoulders and our capacity to have a region far from criminality, corruption, illegal drugs, and terrorism. This is all our fight,” Nana said.

Despite the 22,000 drug surrenderers recorded in the region, Nana still noted the presence of marijuana plantation in the Cordilleras and the continuing involvement of people in the illegal drug trade.

“We continue to bring the occurrence of criminality through an inter agency coordination together with volunteer groups, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to ensure peace in our society region. Three decades have past since I was a lieutenant and back then as it is still now, we continue to face the same problem. We should give peace a chance,” Nana added.

Nana, meanwhile, recognized PO2 Henry Dion, who was killed in a recent encounter between the PNP and the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Sagada. He also cited 11 other police personnel who were wounded.