QCPD seeks to augment force amid reports of drive-by shootings

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

THE Quezon City Police District (QCPD) plans to augment its forces to ensure the safety of the public and to avoid a repeat of the spree killings.

Chief Superintendent Richard Albano, QCPD director, said he directed more than 3,000 policemen under his command to double their effort in patrolling and in posting checkpoints, particularly in the so-called "high risk" areas.

"We are in particular sa area ng Fairview and dun sa mga areas na nakikita natin na madidilim at the same time 'yung mga areas na makikita naman natin na laganap ang kahirapan. Sa mga ganung lugar kasi mas talamak ang krimen," Albano said.

Albano said they requested additional forces from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) but it will go through the regular process of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

"We want to make sure na hindi na mawawalan ng pulis sa daan 24/7, mahalaga kasi ang visibility ng mga pulis, mas takot ang masasamang tao na gumawa ng masama," he said.

"I am yet to communicate with the Quezon City municipality leaders para pag-usapan din naming kung ano 'yung mga naging pagkukulang and of course kung paano ang dapat gawin para hindi na iyon maulit," he added.

The recent spree killings perpetrated by unidentified motorcycle-riding suspects claimed the lives of seven people in North Fairview in Quezon City.

Two days after the shooting incidents, the police arrested alleged suspect Alsaid Mindelano in an abandoned residential area at Fairmont subdivision in Fairview, Quezon City.

Albano said Mindelano was positively identified by the two witnesses as the one driving the motorcycle during the shooting rampage.

"Ang nakikita naming motibo dito ay pagganti dahil sa sunod-sunod na drug raid na ginagawa naming dito sa lugar at itong grupo ni Mindelano ay involved din sa drugs," he said.

Police are still searching for the gunman identified as Mohammad Sandigan.

Albano, however, admitted that the shooting incidents alarmed and brought much fear among the residents of Quezon City, which is a site of several national government agencies and prominent universities and colleges.

Ejan Moico and Patricia Abella, 24, call center agents and both residing in Fairview, said that the series of shooting incident in their area is becoming a serious problem, which requires immediate solution.

"Gaya sa trabaho naming gabi karaniwan ang alis naming sa bahay, sobrang nakakatakot kasi anytime pwede kaming magaya dun sa mga nauna nang biktima na bigla nalang pinagbabaril," Moico said.

Abella said not only that the incident brought them fear but it also affects their budget since they were urged to ride a taxi on their way to their offices to avoid being caught in similar situations.

Albano earlier said he formed Task Force Fairview, the team whose focus is the safety of the public in Fairview, Quezon City, while the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has formed a six-man team to probe the shootings. (Sunnex)

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