Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vigilantes present in CDO?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The continuing summary executions of both identified and unknown persons here in the last two weeks have aroused suspicion that vigilantes roam around the city, a new report from DxRU-Radio Ultra said.

Actually, DxRU-Radio Ultra was getting the reaction of Councilor Ramon Tabor, chairman of the committee on police, fire and public safety, who believes taking the law in one’s own hands is not appropriate for a civilized place.

“Wala may pruweba aron pagpamatuod nga adunay misiaw nga vigilantes sa dakbayan, apan dunay indikasyon nga posibleng ilang binuhatan ang sunud-sunod nga pagpamatay diin usahay pangdauban pa ang mga biktima," DxRU said.

Tabor, in the radio interview said the killing of another person as a life sentence is unchristian since only the courts are allowed to uphold a death sentence but even this needs due process that goes beyond reasonable doubt.

The local lawmaker was reacting to a radio report last Tuesday where two persons were reported brutally killed and their bodies burned in Brgy. Bonbon.

Police records show victims of salvage killings in the past were gang members, suspects in robbery, hold-up or those into drugs.

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has already confirmed that there is no "vigilante" in Cagayan de Oro City.

For his part, Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) Director S/Supt. Faro Antonio Olaguera said he will step up monitoring and patrol in every nook and cranny in the city through checkpoints and police visibility.

Olaguera said those executed in separate incidents were simply the result of gang wars or personal grudges.

He disclosed that a special detective management unit has been created and will work in conjunction with his office to look after these matters as he call on the support of the constituents for the solution of cases such as this.