With the present situation of the region, let us not wait for any violence to happen in our city for us to learn our lesson but for us to take into consideration the bitter experiences of other cities like Davao, Iligan, Zamboanga, and Cotabato brought along by various terrorist attacks.
This was the reminder of Councilor Romeo V. Calizo, chair of the committee on police, fire and public safety, to representatives of security agencies, hotel managers, security offices of the city, and all those who attended a Coordination Meeting initiated by the City Mayor’s Office.
One of the issues discussed during the meeting was about bodyguards and high profile personalities entering establishments.
Calizo said it is understood that establishments have their own unilateral decisions as far as securing their premises is concerned. He, however stressed that there should be no security risk in bringing bodyguards inside establishments in the city.
“There is no exemption in so far as carrying firearms inside business establishments is concerned, in fact now with the ban on the issuance of permit to carry, the issuance of mission orders by the military and the intelligence community, nobody should bring along their firearms outside their residence even though they are licensed.
So much more with the illegal or the unlicensed ones these are all prohibited. So again, especially under martial law, there are a lot of limitations and constraints now being imposed by the government to discourage people from bringing along firearms,” the councilor explained.
The councilor cited that economic establishments especially hotels, restaurants, malls or even simple markets where people not only from Cagayan de Oro but visitors, as well, crowd together, are vulnerable as far as perpetrating violence is concerned.
“That’s why the city government is trying to plan out first to prevent or deter the perpetration of violence,” Calizo stressed, adding that terrorists should not be allowed to enter the city. (sp)