The head of Task Group Bantay Negosyo is planning to recommend the reassignment of some policemen to police stations within the business center in Bacolod City, following the December 25 killings.
Chinese businessman Wu Changle, 26, and security guard Jilbert Mayang were shot dead by an unidentified man armed with an M-16 assault rifle, who also stole P1 million from JDS Mindoro Enterprises Corp. at Locsin Street in Bacolod City on Dec. 25.
Also shot and injured by the lone gunman were Huang Yuanlong, 31, Huang Weigiang, 23, and Zhang Xiaodong, 24, who, like Wu, are from Fujian China.
Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, task force head, yesterday said his office is gathering data on the existing population under the 10 police stations and the total number of policemen assigned to them.
He said he hopes that in their next meeting in February, he could recommend the reassignment of some policemen from other police stations to the business center which is concentrated under Police Stations 1, 2, 3 and 4, he said.
Familiaran cited Police Station 1 that has 44 policemen assigned in two shifts. Each policeman has two days off.
There will be an evaluation of the number of policemen assigned to Police Stations 5, 6, 7 and 8 to determine how many could be reassigned to police stations within the business center, he said.
Earlier, Familiaran said there are currently about 642 policemen in Bacolod City. So there is a need to review whether some of those assigned in the 10 police stations could provide augmentation to police precincts in the business center to help conduct visibility patrols.
The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod had requested the Philippine National Police, through Negros Island Region director, Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, to deploy additional police officers in Bacolod to adequately provide security and protection and prevent crimes in the City.
Familiaran said he hopes Gumban could reply to the request of the SP to provide additional policemen.
Police visibility is important in the business district to deter crimes. The police should also strengthen its crime solution efficiency, he said.
He met a motorcycle group of force multipliers, composed of 60 members, who have offered to help the police during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., he said, adding he will recommend them to the body since they are more experienced and trained.*CGS
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