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Benguet police vows safety along Halsema Highway

by Susan Aro

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (16 October) -- As a means of strengthening anti-crime measures in the province, the Police Provincial Office assured public safety along the Halsema Highway.

Newly installed Provincial Director of the Benguet PPO Sr. Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo, who appeared before the members of the Provincial Board last week, said police officers will be deployed at random in public utility vehicles in order to ensure security and track down nefarious activities of criminal elements.

Lazo also assured the security of vegetable traders while enroute to their destination at the La Trinidad Trading Post. He suggested that they should be in convoy so that they will be escorted at one time as they also have limited personnel.

Lazo said the local government units of Atok, Kibungan and Buguias are willing to share their financial resources in putting up a checkpoint at Pakpakitan although the area being cited is privately owned. Should it prosper, two policemen will be posted at all times within the 24-hour period.

Lazo brushed aside comments that checkpoints violate human rights because the purpose of establishing such is to deter crimes. He said there are requirements based on PNP procedures in the installation of a checkpoint. This must be well-lighted, must have signage, must be officer led, and must have marked vehicle as patrol cars. He revealed that wherever he was assigned, he was never remiss in reminding his men to stick to police operational procedures and always be cautious and avoid cases charged against them as this would affect their promotion and bar them from availing benefits.

As to the recruitment of policemen, Lazo said there is no appropriation as the national budget was re-enacted. They have requested for replacement of those who died in the service, those who retired and those who were dismissed but there was no approval yet. (PIA-CAR) [top]

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