Top cop orders tighter security for musical event

THE director of Police Regional Office-Central Visayas ordered to secure a musical event in Mandaue City on Friday night, January 19, and prevent pushers from selling party drugs, including ecstasy tablets.

This, as Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza announce that she will not allow Sinulog parties in the city.

Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino said he had instructed the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) personnel to frisk the partygoers and the event guards.

MCPO officials, he said, should always communicate with the event security staff to ensure the safety of the participants.

"The guidelines have been laid down. They (organizers) should help us that the party will be drug free," he said.

Espino urged the parents to remind their children to be wary of the people around them, saying that there will be somebody who will try to sneak in party drugs in their drugs.

Last Friday dawn, two businessmen were caught by PRO-Central Visayas anti-narcotics personnel for allegedly selling ecstasy tablets inside a hotel in Barangay Alang-Alang, Mandaue City.

Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing earlier said that he ordered an investigation on the hotel where the suspects were arrested to find out if the establishment is being used as a “distribution point.”

Espino said that other parties that will be held during the Sinulog week will also be monitored.

In a press conference, Radaza explained that her decision not to hold parties is for security reasons. She said that most of the police officers are already deployed to different areas to secure Sinulog-related activities.

In a press conference, Radaza said that the City did not receive any application for party permits. If there are any applications, Radaza said she will have to turn it down.

“Dili kay for security reasons also kay gi-field naman nato (ang mga security personnel). Unya nagbilin lang ta for the barangays,” she said.

The mayor also instructed the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office to be on guard against the distribution of party drugs, even in barangay activities. (KAL/FMG)

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