Mayor orders crackdowns on heists

 

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

 

WHAT is the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) doing to curb down cases of car thefts and robberies in Iloilo City?

 

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has ordered the ICPO to prevent more robberies and “Basag Kotse” incidents in the city following the spate of heists over the weekend.

 

Treñas said he directed ICPO chief Melvin Mongcal to conduct more checkpoints daily and nightly around the metropolis.

 

The mayor also told the police to strictly implement the no plate, no travel policy on motorcycles and cars.

 

Treñas said eight more patrol cars will be issued to the ICPO to improve its mobility and responses to incidents.

 

Unidentified suspects have been feasting on cars parked in front of establishments in broad daylight Saturday.

 

Practical nursing Rowena Paderes of Cabatuan, Iloilo was shocked to discover Saturday the shattered glass window of her Mitsubishi Lancer parked inside a mall in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

 

Paderes lost her laptop and other personal items inside her car.

 

A female physician also lost her cellphones, iPod music player and other valuables to unidentified thefts who also broke the window of her car parked outside Iloilo Medical Society compound on Luna Street, LaPaz district.

 

Napoleon Sinecida parked his Nissan Terrano on Quezon Street, Iloilo City proper to have lunch in a restaurant.

 

When Sinecida returned, his window was also shattered to pieces. He lost assorted magazines of his caliber .45 pistol.

 

Rice trader Vicente Dago of Pavia, Iloilo lost P30,000 cash to armed suspects at Brgy. San Isidro, LaPaz.

 

Senior Insp. Alexander Rosales, LaPaz police chief, said the license plate of the motorcycle used by the robbers was covered by dark plastic material.

 

Rosales said the suspects covered the plate to prevent investigators from tracing the owner of the motorcycle.

 

Rosales said he dispatched intelligence operatives to look for witnesses who saw the suspects who robbed Dago.

 

A photojournalist also lost his Samsung cellphone to hold-uppers in Jaro district.

 

Mongcal said he gave police precinct commanders in the six city districts the onus of preventing more robberies and arresting the suspects.

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