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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PNP beefing up security in Zambo police stations

By Dave Malcampo

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The local police is now beefing up security in its police stations to prevent any future attacks like the one that injured four persons on Good Friday (April 3) at the Ayala Police Station.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro said in a press conference that he has already instructed police stations to be more proactive in securing their own areas.

“We already asked all chiefs of police to sandbag their stations and put barricades,” Casimiro said.
Last week, the police have a computer-generated image of the suspect. However, the identity of this person who lodged the improvised explosive device (IED) towards the Navarra pick-up truck in the Ayala Police Station’s impounding area is still unknown.

Casimiro added that they have already formed “Task Force Navarra” to probe the incident.

Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar earlier confirmed that the blast was “drug related”. She admitted that the drug lords operating in the city are “powerful”.

Casimiro for his part said that these drug lords “have might and wealth” and can influence for cases to be filed against police officers involved in going after them.

Personnel of the Ayala Police Station have already been receiving threats after an alleged drug operator was arrested earlier, Casimiro disclosed.

Nonetheless, Mayor Climaco-Salazar said that there will be no let-up in the local government and police’s fight against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the city.