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Maasin PNP calls for people's cooperation in solving crimes

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (5 December) -- Police Superintendent Pepito Generan, the re-installed head of this city's Police force, enlisted the full cooperation of the people in his desire to solve police-handled cases and maintain peace and order in the community.

As to unsolved robbery cases over the past three months which his predecessor, Insp. Miguel Boron, was widely criticized for inaction, Supt Generan said his men have already identified some suspects of the incidents.

"Solving petty crimes cannot be done if the people refused to support the Police. In my resumption I reviewed the series of events that caused a stir in the city, and I found out that what happened were petty thieveries. We already pinpointed now some suspects whom we considered responsible for these string of events," Supt. Generan said in a radio interview last week.

He added: "But we see a problem here. Those who complained have no interest to file a complaint. And there are also individuals who could have provided a material circumstantial evidence, or even a very material evidence, to coordinate with the complainant in the filing of the case. But they are hesitant to give testimony, maybe out of fear or to avoid the tedious legal processes once the case reaches the Court. Thus, we could not build up a case for lack of supporting evidence."

Generan said most of the cases were perpetrated by delinquents in the city whose movement are now being closely monitored for a strong evidence once these persons strike again.

About his style of management which was perceived then as too soft, Generan clarified that it was his way to gain the confidence of his men.

"I believe that in the matter of enforcing our laws, the source of this is the combination of the so-called human positive law and divine positive law. So what is acceptable in the society, what is just, coupled with spiritual teachings, then we implement. But if the situation calls for a need to a strict enforcement, then we do it," Generan explained. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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