16 shooting incidents recorded in Cebu City but police say situation under control
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Police have recorded a total of 16 shooting incidents in Cebu City for the month of September and the first week of October.
This was according to Police Lieutenant Colonel Albert Reeves Quilitorio, chief of Police Community Relations of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO).
Quilitorio told reporters that for the month of September, 11 shooting incidents were recorded to have happened in the city.
Five shooting incidents, on the other hand, were recorded in the first week of October, Quilitorio added.
One of these incidents took place in Barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City on Wednesday, October 4, when 46-six-year-old Denise Daguman Dipay was shot and killed by a riding in tandem on his way home from work.
Two days later, another victim identified as Jonathan Plarisan Nacional was killed by an unidentified assailant while he was crossing V. Rama Avenue on Friday, October 6.
Quilitorio said these incidents are now being looked into as they don’t want the public to panic or worse lose trust and confidence in law enforcers.
He assured Cebu City residents that the police are on top of the situation and that they are committed to bringing justice to the victims and their families.
He added that 7 of these cases have already been solved and said that the police will continue with their intensive investigation to catch the perpetrators.
“For the month of September, naa tay pito kabuok nga nasolve. It means kung nasolve na nila, nailhan, nadakpan, ug nafile-an nag kaso,” he said.
According to Quilitorio, operatives are continuously conducting further investigations to determine the motives behind these shootings.
He said that based on the investigation by police, most of the attacks are instigated by personal grudges or revenge because of illegal drugs.
“Based sa mga investigation nato, naa tay mga personal grudges. Naa pud ilang drug related nga panimaws nila,” he said.
To ensure the safety of the public especially in areas where the shooting attacks took place, the CCPO will be making sure that officers are deployed in these areas to monitor.
“Makita ninyo sa mga kalsada, naa tay mga pulis nga nagroving, naay mga patrol, naa puy naglakaw para to secure sa mga tawo nga di na mahitabo kani nga mga insidente sa atong area,” stated Quilitorio.
Quilitorio said the implementation of checkpoints is a big step towards preventing shootings and other criminal activities from happening in the city.
We assure that the Philippine National Police, especially in the Cebu City, pinangulohan sa atong city director, nga gi-intensify gyud nato atong pag-conduct sa mga checkpoint, sa atong mga motorstop ug sa atong Oplan Sita. Para ma-prevent nato kining mga insidente nga mahitabo sa atong area,” he said.
‘Oplan Sita’ is a program by the PNP as part of their Anti-Criminality Campaign where motorists are required to stop at checkpoints put up in strategic locations.
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