NEWLY INSTALLED Talisay City, Cebu police chief Orlando Carag Jr. vows to reform the city’s police force and change its reputation of being a haven of illegal drugs.
In another development, Police Regional Office 7 Director Debold Sinas is eyeing the construction of three police community precincts (PCPs) in the city as part of PRO’s continued efforts against illegal drugs and other crimes.
Carag, who agreed with Sinas’s plan, accepted the challenge to lead the city’s police force, and he asked for support from Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas and the City Council.
“Let us remove the stigma of being tagged as the ‘shabu capital of the Philippines.’ We will bring back the old glory of this beloved City of Talisay,” he said in his speech.
Later in an interview, Carag said he discovered the catchphrase “shabu capital of the Philippines” from an online article, which details the city’s illegal drug woes.
A turnover ceremony was held on Friday, July 5, 2019, during which Carag assumed the post left by P/Lt. Col. Marlu Conag, who was appointed intelligence chief of the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO).
Carag is Sinas’s former aide. He also served as an intelligence officer in Maguindanao.
“Talisay will be in good hands. I will continue the plans of my predecessor,” he said. “We will just introduce some innovations with the help of the city government.”
Speaking in front of Sinas, CPPO Director Roderick Mariano and other public officials, Carag also challenged illegal drug users and traders to stop their illegal activities.
“If you love yourself, submit yourself to the force of the law and we will be living peacefully,” he said.
As to the plan of constructing three PCPs, Sinas said he told the mayor about it.
The police official is considering to convert the Regional Mobile Force Battalion detachment in Barangay Tangke to a PCP. The other PCPs could be placed in mountain barangays, said Sinas.
Sinas also plans to deploy additional police personnel in Talisay City, which currently has 80 police officers. After the construction of the PCPs, Sinas said some of the augmentation force will report to duty at the PCPs.
Gullas said he supports the plans of the police. The first-term mayor said he will coordinate with his city assessor so they could find strategic locations for the PCPs.
Sinas also told Gullas that the latter can ask Carag to give him a weekly report about the peace and order situation in Talisay City.