MANDAUE City’s police force received some P3 million worth of high-powered firearms from the City Government, as Mayor Jonas Cortes asked them to improve police visibility throughout the city.
Cortes turned over on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, the 12 firearms, 10 M4 rifles and two sniper rifles to the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO).
During the turnover ceremony, he said the police should improve the deployment of its personnel in different parts of the city to ensure peace and order.
“I’m happy with the police visibility in the city, but we need to improve it. We have to work together to achieve this,” Cortes said.
The mayor also promised that City Hall will provide the police with brand-new vehicles and two-way radios before the year ends.
He said he hopes the police will use the firearms and other equipment the City donated to improve its response to crime incidents.
For his part, MCPO Director Jonathan Abella thanked the mayor for the support the the City has extended to the police.
He also accepted Cortes’ challenge to improve the peace and order situation in the city by increasing police visibility and improving the communication among police units.
Abella said the firearms would help them in their operations, especially since drug personalities these days are armed.
“Tungod sa threat nato karon nga naay mga armas ang atong mga criminal groups, mas makahatag siya ug kompyansa sa atong mga troops nga nahatagan sila ug long firearms (The criminal groups are a threat to our policemen because they are armed. These long firearms will give our troops confidence during operations),” Abella said. (from ANV of Superbalita Cebu/LRC)