Mandaue is safe, police assure

THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) assured that Mandaue is safe and secured, with enough cops deployed to prevent crimes from happening.

The assurance came following the buy-bust operation done by National Bureau of Investigation Central Visayas (NBI 7) officials that led to the arrest of two high-value drug suspects after a chase Monday, November 7.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Franco Rudolf Oriol, MCPO deputy city director for operations and spokesperson, told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, that the incident was an isolated case.

"Yesterday, the NBI coordinated with MCPO Station 1 in Centro to inform that they will be doing an operation. So, we were ready to back them up to make sure the civilians' security is not at stake," said Oriol in Cebuano.

Oriol reiterated that MCPO has always been doing law enforcement operations and intensified security measures even before it happened.

"Mao bitaw sa panghitabo gahapon naa gyud naka responde pud nga PNP personnel labi na adto nahitabo sa city hall, nana tay security daan didto," said Oriol.

[That's why in the incident yesterday, PNP (Philippine National Police) personnel also responded, especially when it happened at the city hall, we already have security there.]

Though he cannot identify the exact number of police personnel, Oriol assured there are enough police forces deployed within Mandaue City.

He said they were tasked to intensify their security deployment in schools, malls, and department stores, among all strategic places, by their chief Police Colonel Jeffrey Caballes, before All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days observance.

“Even during our "Kalagkalag" celebration, we had zero crime recorded because we were keen on enforcing security,” said Oriol.

He said they plan to deploy more policemen in December, as they anticipated an increase in public movement, particularly in malls and churches, for the annual Misa de Gallo (Christmas season midnight masses).

Among the usual security measures conducted by the MCPO were daily foot and mobile patrols in coordination with the village guards (tanods) and checkpoints.

On Monday, operatives of the NBI went into action in conducting their buy-bust operation in Barangay Centro after their target suspects had sensed their presence and immediately boarded a silver-gray-colored automobile to escape.

The authorities chased the suspects, Ernesto Lou Ceniza Mercado, alias "Elto," a high-level drug pusher, and his driver Kevin Charles Sanchez, which eventually led to one of the operatives shooting the tires of the vehicle to arrest them. (HIC)