Boking zeroes in on crime prevention

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    MABALACAT CITY – Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales is zeroing in on crime prevention in this component city. This    developed after a spike in criminality from  November to December this year which included sensational crimes    happening  one after the other.

    First to go was the  chief of police, Supt.  Henry Flores, who wasrecently replaced by Supt. Nick Torre.  It was during Flores’ watch that high profile  crimes happened in the  city alarming residents including the ambush of  Marian Gantan along the busy MacArthur Highway  in Barangay Mabiga here on Nov. 23 and the robbery- double homicide case of octogenarian  spouses Benjamin and Cresenciana Cuffee.

    Both US  nationals.Last week, Morales requested the National  Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a parallel  investigation  into the  murder of Gantan as he announced a P500,000  bounty for the arrest of the suspects.

    Over the weekend, Morales urged the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) to come up with an  ordinance similar to that of Mandaluyong City against motorcycle riding- in-tandem criminals preying on the citizenry.  Morales urged the City Council to come up with the ordinance to  make the city safe from such criminals. 

    Vice Mayor Christian Halili was tasked to conduct a study on Morales’ proposed ordinance aimed at limiting  the movements of motorcycle- riding-in-tandem  criminals. In Mandaluyong City,  an ordinance implemented last August, restricts  only spouses, parents and siblings to be allowed riding-in-tandem on motorcycles.

    Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos said they based the ordinance  from a law in Colombia, a country known  for violent drug wars and rampant crimes committed  by criminals riding- in-tandem on   motorcycles. Morales said there is nothing wrong in following a good example on  crime prevention implemented by   other cities. 

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