Bukidnon board member to police: inspect all vehicles in checkpoints

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/16 August 2017) Third District board member Gordon M. Torres urged police officers and army officials to maintain and strengthen inspection of vehicles in every checkpoint in the province of Bukidnon.

During the 54th regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Torres said security should not be too confident.

He said he based this on observation that police officers deployed in checkpoints have no longer inspected most private vehicles and single motorcycles coming in and out of the province. Other board members agreed with the former’s observations.

Torres said even though the siege in Marawi city has almost ended, “all of us should not be too confident” since Bukidnon is not exempted in any possible incident.

Police Superintendent Yammy Yam-oc told the board they are conducting two checkpoints classified as “simultaneous” and “strong checkpoints”. He added that “simultaneous checkpoints” is meant for “anti-criminality” measures directed to crimes such as car theft among others. He said they intended “strong checkpoints” to cases linked to the Marawi crisis.

Yam-oc cited that the limited engagement is due to lack of personnel to be deployed in every checkpoint.

However, Police Senior Superintendent Benedicto Pintor, Provincial Director of Philippine National Police (PNP) Bukidnon said that effective on Tuesday, August 15, he will direct his colleagues to “strengthen checkpoints”.

He clarified that they will again inspect all vehicles passing through checkpoints, not just buses and other public utility vehicles.  (BukidnonNews.Net)