CAN Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama remove the tourist police unit’s building located a few meters from City Hall?
Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director, said the structure was constructed after a resolution was passed by the Cebu City Council in 2006 when Tomas Osmeña was still the mayor and Rama the vice mayor.
The police official said the resolution states that the building can stand on the lot for 25 years.
Rama was reportedly not present during the session when the City Council decided to allow the Philippine National Police (PNP) to construct the building.
Rama wants to transfer the tourist police unit, also known as Community Police Action Center (Compact), after its personnel failed to detect the presence of a drug den operating across City Hall.
Three persons were arrested when the drug den was raided by the agents of the National Bureau of Investigation 7 last Nov. 11.
Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Deputy Director for Administration Artemio Ricabo said in an earlier report that the tourist police’s building was built using PNP funds.
He said the removal of the structure might be questioned by the Commission on Audit.
Batiancela said the transfer needs clearance from PRO 7 and Camp Crame, but Rama said there is no need to ask permission.
Rama said what is important is for the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission to declare that the tourist police’s office blocks the view of Magellan’s Cross.