San Fernando town creates peace and order task force
CEBU CITY, Philippines – – San Fernando town’s Peace and Order Council (POC) created a task force that will address reports of alleged threats directed toward barangay officials and supporters of incumbent mayor, Lakambini Reluya.
During the meeting held on Tueday, April 23, the POC agreed to create Task Force Kahapsay ug Kalinaw, which will be composed by the Mayor as head of the POC, representatives of the business sector, barangay officials and other concerned citizens.
Felomino Leyson, president of the San Fernando Purok Federation, said some of their allies are being tagged as drug protectors. Such accusation, he said, is dangerous.
Leyson told CDN Digital in a phone interview that he has been receiving threats as well.
Leyson also said that the business sector during the meeting voiced out that the threats is not friendly to the business environment especially when customers and potential investors are concerned of their safety.
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In a separate interview, Police Major Lymel Pasquin, chief of San Fernando Police Station, said San Fernando residents expressed concern over alleged sightings of “armed men,” who seek refuge in hinterland villages.
Pasquin encouraged those who received threats to formally report the incidents to the police so they can properly act on these complaints.
“Kung hindi nila isusumbong sa amin hindi namin malalaman. Open naman kami 24 hours so kapag may mga ganyan na threat, we should put it in the record,” Pasquin said.
(We will not know about these threats if they do not report to us. We are open 24 hours. If there are threats, we should it in record.)
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Pasquin said only two persons have reported the alleged threats to their station.
Among them was Leyson and the village chief of Barangay Sangat. / celr
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