Police visibility in Mandaue to be intensified after gangs’ feud

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THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) will intensify police visibility and increase its 24-hour checkpoints and mobile patrols in the city, particularly in isolated areas.

This directive came after a feud between two groups of minors comprising at least five members each was captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage in Barangay Alang-Alang Friday, August 19, 2022.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Franco Rudolf Oriol, deputy city director for operations and spokesperson of the MCPO, said they had already coordinated with Barangay Alang-Alang to identify the minors involved in the clash, which happened around 2:30 a.m.

In the CCTV video, the minors were seen traversing the road along UN Avenue, particularly the area going to Lapu-Lapu, when they suddenly went squabbling with each other.

One of the minors was seen possessing an unidentified firearm.

Oriol said they are already investigating what happened. They also plan to meet the minors' parents and discuss the matter to prevent the incident from happening again.

In a separate interview, RD Gobalani, head of the Barangay Alang-Alang City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said that based on their investigation, the minors were not all residents of Alang-Alang, as some were from the neighboring barangays such as Paknaan.

Gobalani said the feud was gang-related, stressing that each group has members of certain gangs that already had past grievances.

He added that they already contacted their neighboring barangays to help them find the minors. (HIC)