Taguig police to enforce strict measures vs. crime this Holy Week


Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano has directed the local police force under Senior Supt. Arthur Felix Asis to keep an eye out for criminal groups that may attempt to disrupt peace and order during the observance of Holy Week.

“Holy Week is a time of reflection for everyone; it does not matter which denomination of faith you belong to. Maintaining peace and order during this time of solemnity is of utter importance in Taguig, which is a multicultural and highly diverse city,” Mayor Lani said.

“Unfortunately, criminals do not take holidays, even on Holy Week. It is for this reason that I’ve instructed the Taguig City Police to enforce measures that would pre-empt unscrupulous groups from having their way in Taguig,” she added.

Responding to the chief executive’s call, Asis mobilized his intelligence operatives to identify possible threats to local security as the usually bustling city of Taguig and its residents settle down to holiday mode.

“So far, there have been no reports of threats specifically from crime groups or syndicates that may want to penetrate the city to do their bidding,” the chief-of-police revealed.

Asis added, as if giving out a stern warning to evil doers: “We in the PNP (Philippine National Police) do not let our guards down even if everyone else is vacationing.”

The police official stressed that the current security situation is “manageable”, thanks to the assistance of barangay watchmen (tanods) who serve as partners of the police in keeping the peace and going after perpetrators of crime.

Asis said he wants to make good use of the Taguig Police Station’s 352 cops by deploying at least four of them to each of the city’s 28 barangays.

“There are many ingress-egress points here. What we need to do is to strengthen the sectors wherein we can deploy our police to. With the help of our tanods, we can seal Taguig City from unwanted persons or criminals,” he said.

Taguig has a population of 720,000 people. It is home to Bonifacio Global City (BGC)—Metro Manila’s premiere business hub that also hosts high-end residences, shopping malls, various embassies, a world-class hospital as well as a state-of-the-art science museum.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lani also enjoined Taguigeños to do their part in discouraging criminals like burglars from ransacking their belongings while they are away from home.

“We should make sure that our homes’ doors are properly locked before going on a trip. Informing a neighbor that you will be gone for days is also a good move. Sometimes an ounce of personal responsibility is all it takes to keep your belongings safe,” she pointed out.

Likewise, Mayor Lani advised her constituents to immediately report suspicious persons or activities to police so these may be acted upon.

 

FILIPINO VERSION:

Inatasan ni Mayor Lani Cayetano ang Taguig Police sa pangunguna ni chief of police Senior Superintendent Arthur Felix Asis na bantayan ang galaw ng mga grupong magtatangkang guluhin ang tahimik na paggunita ng Semana Santa.

“Ang Semana Santa ay panahon ng repleksyon para sa bawat isa, hindi na mahalaga kung ano ang kinaaaniban mong pananampalataya. Ang pagpapanatili ng kapayapaan at kaayusan sa panahon ng Semana Santa ay lubhang mahalaga sa Taguig kung saan naninirahan ang maraming indibidwal na may iba’t-ibang kultura,” giit ng alkalde.

“Nakalulungkot isipin na ang mga kriminal ay hindi nagpapahinga kahit Semana Santa. Dahilan kung bakit inatasan ko ang Taguig Police na magpatupad ng mga hakbangin na hahadlang sa mga grupong ito na makapambiktima,” pahayag pa nito.

Bilang tugon sa direktiba ng punong lungsod ay pinakilos ni Asis ang kanyang mga intelligence operative para matukoy ang mga posibleng banta sa seguridad ng lungsod.

“Wala pa namang report partikular ang banta ng pagsalakay ng mga grupo o sindikato,” pagbubunyag ng hepe ng pulisya ng Taguig.

Dagdag pa ni Asis na tila nagpapaalala sa mga may masasamang balak: “Kami sa PNP (Philippine National Police) ay hindi magiging kampante sa pagbabantay kahit ang lahat ay nakabakasyon.”

Iginiit pa nito na ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon ng lungsod ay “manageable.” Salamat sa tulong at alalay ng mga barangay tanod na katuwang ng pulisya sa pagpapanatili ng kapayapaan at paghabol sa mga masasamang elemento.

Sinabi ni Asis na nais niyang magamit sa pagbabantay ang 352 pulis sa pamamagitan ng pagtatalaga ng tig-apat na pulis sa 28 barangay ng lungsod.

“Maraming pasukan at labasan ang lungsod. Ang kailangan nating gawin ay ang palakasin ang mga lugar sa pamamagitan ng pagtatalaga ng mga pulis. Sa tulong ng mga tanod ay magagawa nating protektahan ang Taguig sa mga masasamang elemento,” pahayag nito.

Ang Taguig ay may populasyon na 720,000. Sakop nito ang Bonifacio Global City (BGC) na pangunahing business hub sa Metro Manila at kinalalagyan din ng mga primera klaseng tirahan, shopping malls, ilang embahada, isang world-class hospital at isang state-of-the-art na science museum.

Samantala, hinikayat ni Mayor Lani ang mga Taguigueno na gawin nila ang kanilang parte upang mabigo ang mga kriminal tulad ng mga akyat bahay sa kanilang masamang balakin.

“Dapat tiyakin na bago lumisan ng bahay ay naka-lock ang pintuan ng ating mga bahay. Ang pagbibigay-alam sa ating kapitbahay na mawawala kayo ng ilang araw ay mainam. Minsan ang pagiging responsable ang tanging kailangan para maging ligtas ang ating mga ari-arian,” wika nito.

Pinayuhan din ni Mayor Lani ang kanyang mga kababayan na isuplong kaagad sa mga otoridad kung sakaling may makikitang mga indibidwal na kahina-hinala ang ikinikilos.


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