DUMAGUETE CITY – With the spate of shooting incidents and robbery/hold-up cases in Dumaguete City, Sr. Supt. Edwin Portento, the Negros Oriental provincial police director, has directed his police chiefs to fully implement a fresh beat patrol system in their respective assignments.
Portento disclosed Monday afternoon that after his assumption as the new police director in early September, the Negros Oriental Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Office (NORPPO) had made a plan to address and curb these crimes.
The provincial police director disclosed that police stations have already received guidelines on the patrol beat system and he will be checking whether this is fully implemented.
The directive comes as three more people were shot here over the weekend, bringing the number of shooting incidents from January to August this year to 11 cases as reported by the PNP during a forum.
A police report on Monday said the latest shooting victim was identified as Oledan Catan Wolfe, 35, single, a resident of Cervantes Street, Dumaguete
Wolfe was on his way home around 10:40 p.m. Sunday when two suspects riding in tandem on a motorcycle fired at him at Tabuc-Tubig, Angatan in Dumaguete.
He was rushed to the hospital for treatment while police are still looking at a possible motive for the shooting.
Around 10 a.m. Saturday, two unidentified suspects riding in tandem also shot two young women on board a tricycle along Dr. Meciano Road in Baranga Taclobo, also in Dumaguete City.
The police identified the victims as Meagan Noble, 21 years old, single, and April Bien, 30 years old, single, both from Pasay City.
Both died of multiple gunshot wounds. Police said the two women were apparently known to the 12 male suspects, also reportedly from Pasay City, who were arrested last week for alleged credit card thefts at different establishments in Dumaguete City.
One of the women, April Bien, was said to be a flight attendant in one of the country’s airlines.
Portento said that regardless of the background of the victims, no one has the right to claim their lives.
Portento said he is not aware of any vigilantes here but if there are any, the police will not tolerate them.
“We will uphold the rule of law at all times”
-Sr. Supt. Edwin Portento
he stressed. Portento called on the citizenry anew to aid the police in crime prevention and addressing the peace and order problem here as they could not do it alone