Bacolod City – Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson recently ordered Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office to extend whatever help it can in the maintenance of peace and order in highly-urbanized Bacolod City.
This was after Lacson met with PCol. Leo Pamittan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, following also meeting on Monday with Bacolod City Mayor-elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez and BCPO chief Col. Thomas Joseph Martir.
Nine shooting incidents have occurred in Bacolod City within a period of three weeks in the month of June.
In his meeting with Pamittan, Lacson said he was assured by the NOCPPO chief that the killings in Bacolod City have not spread to the province.
Lacson also said that he told Pamittan to continue their vigilance.
If there’s a way, we can help the situation in Bacolod City, let’s also extend a hand, the governor told the NOCPPO chief.
The meeting between the province and Bacolod is an indication that both local government units will work together in the next three years, Lacson added.
During a meeting with Col. Martir, Lacson said that he and Mayor Albee manifested their concerns over the series of shooting incidents in Bacolod City.
Lacson stressed the importance of identifying and making an arrest of suspects, should a shooting occur.
“It has to be that way, in order to assure the public that it is not getting out of control,” he further said.
Martir reported that charges were already filed against suspects in some of the shooting incidents, which are either triggered by personal grudges or related to illegal drug transactions.
The case of a policeman who was involved in shooting incident, was also amicably settled, he added.
As to their visibility operations, Martir said they need fuel for police station vehicles to sustain their round-the-clock patrol, and more police personnel, which he expects to arrive by August.
Benitez has promised to provide 100 police auxiliaries to be distributed among 10 BCPO police stations. (Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)