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PIA Press Release
2007/08/16

Gangsteerism should be contained - PNP

By Rose Palacio

Davao City (16 August) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed the existence of gangsteerism in the city however, the police authorities are doing its best to contain its spread, said Sta. Ana police precinct commander Major Leonardo Felonia adding that while the city and PNP have the obligation to protect the children and the minors, the PNP cannot just let go off criminalities emanating due to gangsteerism.

"Gangs in Davao City will spread if we not do something about this. Their existence should not be tolerated, their methods of defending their gangs against their rivals are getting more sophisticated," he said.

Felonia revealed that while most of them are minors, the law enforcers cannot just close its eyes and let them do their own things in the city streets which pose danger to the public.

Some of the gang members are using sumpak which really looks like real guns. Some gangs are also armed with Indian pana and bladed weapons.

Sumpak is the local term for a single shot, home made improvised gun. Gangs before, like the warring Sigue-sigue sputnik and Sigue-sigue commando first used the sumpak during the gang wars in the 70's and 80's.

"The PNP in my area of jurisdiction along Sta. Ana, is now strengthening the implementation of the city's curfew ordinance," Major Felonia said.

"I think there is a need for the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) to make a comprehensive study on gangsteerism to help Davao City's legislative body identify various problems among the youth sector", Major Felonia added.

The comprehensive study, he said will help city officials to come up with solutions and policies in addressing the anti-social phenomenon which has become a contributory factor in the increase of crimes.

The study would include the names of gangs, their membership, their activities and the reasons for their behavior. Statistical data are needed to back up government policies regarding minors, he further said.

Major Felonia said, gangsteerism should be the concern of everybody to prevent the surge of juvenile delinquency in the city. (PIA) [top]

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