‘Shoot-to-kill’ vs BDO hold-uppers

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The city’s acting mayor on Friday, May 13, issued a “shoot-to-kill” order against the hold-uppers of Banko de Oro (BDO).

Vice Mayor Ian Caesar Acenas, currently the acting city mayor, instructed members of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) to shoot the suspects if they resist arrest.

“If possible, shoot and kill them if they show any resistance,” he said following Thursday morning’s broad daylight robbery hold-up of the BDO Osmeña-Chavez Branch.

He also ordered the city’s police force to intensify security measures against lawless elements and conduct checkpoints in all strategic areas of the city that is being dubbed as the “City in Boom, in Blossom and in Bloom” for registering the fastest economic growth in the country for the past three years.

He also urged the City Council to immediately pass an ordinance directing all establishments in the city, especially banks, to install CCTVs within 15 days of such ordinance’s passage. He said the installation of CCTVs in business establishment will help in solving crimes.

His statement came after COCPO director Sr. Supt. Gerardo Rosales lamented that business establishments in the city are not cooperating with law enforcement authorities by failing to install CCTVs.

Rosales said the installation of CCTVs is one way of preventing and preempting criminality in the city. It is also one way of letting the public do their part in protecting themselves against criminals.

At least 10 criminals held-up the BDO bank Thursday morning and carted away a still undisclosed amount of cash on board three motorcycles.

The heist, done in broad daylight, was the handiwork of a “high-profile organized crime syndicate” operating in the city and in nearby cities and provinces, said acting PRO-10 director Sr. Supt. Noel Armilla. Albus D. Estabas

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