PRO 7 chief orders men to install police desks in malls, churches this holiday season

POLICE Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO 7) Chief Brigadier General Roderick Augustus Alba ordered all city and provincial police office directors in the Central Visayas to install police assistance desks in malls and churches for this coming Christmas season.

He also reminded the public to remain vigilant against the proliferation of fake peso bills by unscrupulous individuals.

PRO 7 said they will strictly monitor the proliferation of fake money in the market during the holiday rush where most people would take advantage of the situation.

The police noticed that snatching, robbery and other crimes would usually rise during the onset of the Christmas season.

Alba, however, said that they have yet to receive any information regarding fake money circulating in the region.

Those will be caught circulating the counterfeit bills will be arrested, he said.

“Of course mananagot po kung sino man ang malaman natin na nagpapakalat o nag re-produce na mga fake bills,” Alba said.

(Of course, whoever that we know distributes or re-produces fake bills will be held accountable).

Alba said he will also order the deployment of more police personnel to the different churches in the region during the start of Misa de Gallo on December 16.

He, however, cited the lack of personnel who would provide security due to the large number of people in Cebu who will flock to churches during the nine-day Misa de Gallo.

Alba asked the Catholic believers that if possible some of them would be left in the house to avoid crowding in churches and so that the police personnel would not have a hard time monitoring them.

“We don’t have enough of everything, resources, tao, logistics. We appeal sa ating mga kababayan na lets cooperate with your police officers, wag po tayo mag post real time kung saan tayo pupunta lalo na sa social media,” Alba said.

Meanwhile, Alba thanked Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for creating the One Cebu Inter-Agency Interdiction Task Force, which is tasked to go after individuals who would want to smuggle items into the province.

Aside from this, Alba said the Bisdak riding cops are also of great help in going after riding-in-tandem. (AYB, TPT)