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Councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr. hands to Presidential Management Staff officer Nawi Maamor a complaint about what he and other councilors perceive as an attempt by two bulk water suppliers to establish a cartel in the city. Looking on is Councilor Reuben Daba (right) and lawyer James Judith (partly hidden, left). In the complaint filed on Thursday, the councilors asked the Philippine Competition Commission to look into the agreement between the Cagayan de Oro Water District, and Metro Pacific Water Investments Corp.. (photo by nitz arancon)

‘More mishaps than theft cases in Oro’


THERE were more traffic accidents than crimes committed in the city during the first 10 months of the year, data from the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office show.

Cocpo recorded 1,840 traffic accidents in the city from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, this year, or 130 more than the number of “crimes against property” that topped the list of criminal cases, according to Chief Insp. Mardy Hortillosa II, the city police’s spokesman.

“Crimes against property” includes robbery, theft, carnapping or vehicle theft, and cattle rustling. Cocpo recorded 1,710 cases under such category.

Of the 1,710 recorded by Cocpo in the city’s 80 barangays, theft topped the list with 1,205 cases, followed by robbery, 396 cases; carnapping, 10 cases; motorcycle theft, 98 cases; and one cattle rustling case.

Hortillosa said the Agora area in Lapasan, and the Cogon area proved to be the most problematic because most of the crimes against property were committed there during the 10-month period.

Third in the police’s list  are violations of special laws against fencing or receiving stolen goods, sexual harassment, trafficking in persons, violence against women and children. The cases under this category registered at 1,621.

Hortillosa said there were 856 “non-index” crimes like acts of lasciviousness, adultery, alarms and scandal, and arson that were recorded during the January-October period.

Crimes against persons like murder, homicide, physical injury, and rape were the lowest at 579 cases, he said.


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