Bukidnon on alert after mayor’s slay: Police-A A +A
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
THE province of Bukidnon is on full alert following the murder of Impasug-ong town mayor Mario Okinlay, provincial director Senior Superintendent Glen dela Torre said Monday.
Dela Torre told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone that all police precincts in the province have been on heightened security as law enforcers were instructed to watch over vital installations and places of convergence like malls, bus terminals, churches, and public markets.
He said additional police officers from other units in the region, who act as maneuvering forces, are also tapped to augment the law enforcement capability in Bukidnon.
Aside from the increase security measures put in place by the provincial police, dela Torre said the Special Investigation Task Group-Okinlay is still pursuing other persons involved.
At present, murder charges had already been filed against the three suspects, said Senior Superintendent Pedro Austria, head of the Regional Task Group-Elected Government Officials (RTG-EGO Okinlay).
“There are more suspects, but we are still investigating it and verifying the information we have received,” dela Torre added.
As of Monday, dela Torre said the task group could not yet determine if Daluniag and the Yanggos are still in Bukidnon or if they have fled from the province.
For his part, Major Christian Uy, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said Monday the military will not stop in their efforts to help the police until the suspects are arrested and brought to justice.
Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent David Ombao, PNP-10 assistant regional director for administration, said to avert another killing of political leaders in the region, the active participation of the people in the implementation of security measures is very significant.
“The most important factor in security, whether external or internal, is the people…,” Ombao said Monday.
He said when the people in the community become the watchdogs, “napakagandang security yan (it’s the best security).”
Ombao added that even if there is a military or police presence in the area as long as the community folk will not cooperate with authorities, security efforts will not be effective.
“Even if you put a whole battalion in the area, but if the people in the barangays and sitios where the killers of mayor (Okinlay) passed through reported it, it would not have had happened,” he said.
“That’s why the best barrier, for me, is the people of region 10,” Ombao said, as he urged the residents in the community to organize a security watch in every area, “so that from there we can maintain peace and order. All of us will benefit from it, not the PNP, not the AFP, but the people.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 08, 2014.