Vice mayor to city police: ‘Intensify checkpoints’

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran urged the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to conduct checkpoint operations in various areas to intercept the motorcycle-riding assailants who are operating in the city.

This, after a 25-year-old woman was shot dead by unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen in front of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Barangay Singcang Airport, this city, after she visited her common-law partner at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, August 18.

Familiaran said BCPO should double its effort in solving the crime and to conduct checkpoint operations especially during night time to prevent any other possible incidents of lawless elements.

“All incidents related to criminality are alarming,” he said.

On Sunday, Crystal Faith Jastiva, who lives at Bonifacio Street, Bago City, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in front of BJMP near the BCPO headquarters.

The perpetrators, who wore helmets and black t-shirts, fled toward Araneta Street. The victim sustained a lone gunshot wound in her head.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesperson of BCPO, earlier said that they are eyeing Jastiva’s possible involvement in illegal drug trade, since she was visiting her common-law partner Kirby Andrada inside the BJMP, who was also arrested for possession of illegal drugs.

At present, Jastiva’s mother is also detained at Bago City Jail for the illegal possession of drugs.

Jastiva was also using a fictitious name: “Ashly Kate Gonzaga.”

Familiaran said he believes the suspects took the opportunity to kill the victim in the area since they were using a motorcycle, the easiest and fastest gateway vehicle after committing the crime.

Through the checkpoint operation, he said the police can intercept immediately the motorcycle-riding suspects.

Meanwhile, Familiaran said the suggestion to suspend the national Helmet Law still needs a study and an approval from the Congress.

This, after Pico earlier said that they will also propose to the city council to temporarily suspend the Helmet Law in the city, adding that they faced difficulties in identifying the identities of the suspects in several crime incidents because most of them were using helmets.

“We’re implementing a national law and it needs an action from the Congress if there’s someone want to repeal it, it’s a law so we need to implement it,” Familiaran said.


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