Cop, barangay execs among smoking ban violators

A POLICE officer was recently arrested by Anti-Smoking Task Force (ASTF) for allegedly violating Davao City's Anti-Smoking Ordinance.

Davao City Police Office Director Vicente D. Danao Jr., who bared this in Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, identified a certain SPO4 Flores as the alleged violator.

"The officer was not only caught but we also got a photo of him. The officer is now under investigation," he said.

Danao said the officer will undergo due process and will likely be suspended for violating the ordinance.

Aside from the police officer, ASTF co-chair Dr. Domilyn C. Villareiz said the task force also arrested barangay officials who were participating in a national convention that was held in Davao City in April.

She pointed out that the barangay officials who were apprehended were not from Davao City.

"They were arrested at the hotel where they were staying. They requested the hotel management if they can smoke in the comfort room. The hotel allowed them but someone reported them to the mobile patrol group," Villareiz.

She added that the task force also arrested foreign nationals, mostly Chinese and Koreans.

Last year, ASTF arrested a total of 3,883 individuals in 2013 for violating the city ordinance.

She said this is a 50 percent increase from the 2,356 individuals they have apprehended in 2012.

"The reason for the increase in the number of violators is we have expanded our coverage," said Villarreiz.

The Mobile Patrol Group apprehended the most number of violators with 1,644, followed by Talomo Police Station (577), San Pedro Police Station (463), Public Safety Group (345), and Sta. Ana Police Station (234).
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