Bar owners urged to observe guests

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

ANGELES CITY -- Authorities urged bar owners and managers here to observe guests and tourists entering their establishment as the local government is establishing its intelligence network in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting inside the Clark Freeport next year.

During a recent meeting, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Barangay Balibago officials asked the bar operators to be vigilant and report the "behaviors of suspicious-looking guests."

Balibago Chairman Rodelio "Tony" Mamac cited an intelligence report that the number of tourists from the Middle East is increasing.


Mamac said that terrorist groups may exploit the international meeting to sow terror.

"Baka masingitan tayo at makapasok ang mga terrorist groups. Nakakahiya tayo kapag nagkataon," he said.

The CIDG and barangay officials at the same time urged the establishment managers to avoid engaging in human trafficking and employing minors.

Senior Superintendent John Guyguyon, head of the Anti-Transnational Crime Unit of the CIDG, said that various law enforcement unit were deputized to work against human trafficking and child labor.

Guyguyon said the CIDG conducted several raids on bars at the Fields Avenue, which are employing minors.

He also reminded the bar owners not to force their workers to do something against their will. “That also falls sa human trafficking halimbawang iba yung pinapagawa nila sa ipinangakong trabaho sa mga ni-recruit na mga kababaihan.”

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 11, 2014.

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