Bohol crimes drop
14% in September
TAGBILARAN CITY, October 8 (PIA)--Total crime volume in September dropped 89 cases compared to the previous month, recording a noticeable 14.31% decrease in Bohol's crimes.
In a report to the Provincial Peace and Order Council rendered by Police Superintendent Villamor, in lieu of Police Colonel Dennis Agustin, Camp Dagohoy crime statisticians noted only 533 crime cases in September compared to the 622 crimes recorded in August.
Also, both index and non index crimes in September were considerably lower than August.
September recorded 299 and 234 index and non index crimes as against August's 330 and 290 respectively.
September however had a higher traffic related incidents (TRI) at 181, over 178, or 3 incidents more than the previous month.
Of the 181 cases, 112 of them are physical injuries mostly caused by top-speeding while driving or driving under the influence of liquor, PSupt. Villamor said.
Also of the 181 cases of traffic related incidents have caused 62 damage to property cases and 7 homicide cases.
For the first time in the year, theft, at 165 cases for September topped the crime types, followed by physical injury cases at 52 and robbery at 51 cases.
Theft is the most prevalent crime for the period covered, PSupt Villamor cited. On the types of theft, Salisi is the most recurrent.
In the previous months, physical injury cases lorded it over other crime types as Boholanos battle against robbery, theft and car-napping as four most common crimes here.
Police also noted 69 cases of salise, a theft characterized by the perpetrators waiting it out until the owners are not watching, before swooping on and taking valuables when no one is looking.
The month saw 37 salise-akyat bahay cases, 26 salise-establishment, 4 cases of salise in the park, and 2 cases of salise at terminals.
Over these, police have however said they have addressed this through implementation of public awareness campaign and increased police presence in malls and establishments. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
PPOC takes 'militarization'
of PPM, San Vicente camp
TAGBILARAN CITY, October 8 (PIA)--So what constitutes militarization?
This question baffles members of the Bohol Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) who tackled on the sidelines during its October 8 meeting, the issue raised by militant Hugpong sa mga Mag-uumang Bol-anon (HUMABOL).
"Do they mean having military men in San Vicente Trinidad? Or do they also mean having a military man in the CDP-PPM also called the PRO team?" Col Arnulfo Matanguihan asked.
"How about civilianization of the military, can we accuse that?" Matanguihan, who co-heads the Special Forces jokingly asked considering that civilians are now also intruding the military organization.
HUMABOL and their allied groups accused militarization the present occupation of a military forward operations camp in Barangay San Vicente, Trinidad, Bohol, and anywhere where their group members are.
The allegations in fact triggered an International Fact Finding Mission by Asian Peasants' Coalition, who came to Bohol September 21, and proceeded to meet with local officials as well as visited camps and talked with residents.
On the military camp, Col Matanguihan said it got erected because San Vicente Barangay Council requested for it, following resident's petition for an army presence in the area.
Residents have been complaining that militant farmers have been illegally squatting and forcing people off their lots and hampering the implementation of the land reform program.
The tall SF official also added that the Department of Agrarian Reform also requested military assistance citing the MOA which the Department of national defense and the DAR signed in the implementation of the DAR law.
PPOC Chairman Governor Edgar Chatto asserted that the army can put up anywhere when there is a perceived threat and concern on peace and order.
The same group, HUMABOL also uses the militarization spin against the now becoming controversially popular Countryside Development Program-Purok Power Movement (CDP-PPM) which has in its team a soldier.
Aside from a military man in the team, the CDP-PPM also has police officer and some development workers and community organizers hailing community resolvable issues and analyzing then to offer solutions when they come back while seeking for assistance from concerned agency who is mandated to respond to these issues, explain Liza Quirog.
Quirog, who heads the Socio-Economic and Environment Management (SEEM) Cluster has the CDP-PPM under her care.
Governor Edgar Chatto insists the CDP-PPM is a socio-economic development strategy and so it falls under the SEEM head.
"The peace and order is a strategy component so that the police and the military are there as part of the package," Chatto told PPOC members.
CDP-PPM won't be complete if the package does not have the police and the military, the governor accordingly told the IFFM members who told him to take out the military and police in the CDP-PPM team. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)