Binay acts to stop Makati crimes

Manila, Philippines -- Alarmed over the spate of crimes in his jurisdiction, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay ordered yesterday the advance deployment and increased posting of policemen in crime-prone areas in the city.

At the start of his second term in office, Binay ordered Makati Chief of Police Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban, Jr. to increase police visibility particularly along Chino Roces Avenue, C5 and other areas where the rate of street crimes is high. Binay issued the directive following reports of crimes that occurred successively in different areas in Makati, such as the snatching of a gold bracelet from a resident in Barangay Bangkal, robbery incidents inside public utility jeepneys (PUJs) plying along Chino Roces Avenue, and the recent P10-million robbery in Barangay Kasilawan.

"The city government aims for a crime-free environment wherein the people can roam the city streets without feeling afraid that they would be victimized by criminal elements," Binay said, pointing out that these crimes should be curbed the soonest time possible.

"This remains my prime commitment," said Binay, adding that he has instructed Lukban to "immediately deploy more policemen and patrol cars to increase police visibility in crime-prone areas in the city."

Binay also urged the public to participate in the crime prevention efforts of the city by reporting unusual occurrences or suspicious personalities in the neighborhood.

"Residents and stakeholders also share in the responsibility of keeping the city safe and peaceful," he said. It is their civic duty to help keep the community peaceful, just as they are obliged to keep the environment clean," he said.

Last April, the city government turned over to Makati police 15 new mobile patrol cars in order to enhance the visibility and response capability of the city police force. inay also instructed Lukban last May to expedite the deployment of bus marshals in passenger buses that ply along Buendia Avenue, as well as intensify foot patrol for monitoring and intelligence gathering, to deter pickpockets who prey on bus and jeepney passengers.

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