Police: Most Oro suspects still at large

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

MOST criminal suspects in Cagayan de Oro City have remained at large, a report from the Philippine National Police-region 10 (PNP-10) showed.

In a report obtained by Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday afternoon, the Unit Crime Periodic Report (Ucper) of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) read that 59 out of 82 alleged suspects of murder and rape-related cases in the city were not detained by authorities.

The report has been culled from January to May 2014 performance of the 10 police stations in the city.


However, Superintendent Adonis Mutya, City Investigation and Detective Management Branch (CIDMB) chief, said the fallibility of the data is also possible as it only documented the police blotters of every station.

“Any update from these cases will not be reflected in the report. After investigation of each case, what we do is update the progress individually,” he said.

Mutya added that the investigation on these cases is still ongoing.

Lack of police

Mutya underscored the lack of police officers available to deter the criminal activities and the arrest of perpetrators.

The month of June started with a spate of crimes involving murder and rape.

"The indication of this is the lack of police visibility. If there is no police personnel in an area, it makes an opportunity for perpetrators to do crimes," he said.

Earlier, Chief Superintendent Lyndel Desquitado, PNP-10 deputy regional director for administration, said more police substations or “advance security command posts” are necessary for the growing cities like Cagayan de Oro.

Desquitado said at daytime, the ratio of police officers to civilians can be 1 is to 2,000, which is far from the need of one police officer for every 800 to 900 civilians.

Mutya also said that there are circumstances that are beyond the police's capability.

"We need more police personnel in the city. But what we must do now is not just to increase police visibility but to maintain it as well," he said.

Mutya said the PNP is “closely monitoring all areas in the city.”

"We give directives to the police personnel in all stations in the city. In the case of Macasandig and Nazareth where crimes are relatively high we can expect crimes to lower down since we have new administration there," he said.

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro tried to reach city councilor Ramon Tabor, committee chairman on police, fire and public safety, for comment Friday evening but failed. Repeated calls to his cellular phone were unanswered.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 22, 2014.

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