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By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Samar
December 16, 2011

CATBALOGAN CITY  –  Augmentation forces for the Catbalogan police will soon be arriving for the Christmas holidays.

This was the gist of the statement given by Police Superintendent Avelino Doncillo in an interview with PIA-Samar, Thursday.

“First, some 32 PNP elements were downloaded to Catbalogan, then another 35 PNP recruits undergoing field training will be dispatched very soon to increase our police visibility,” said the Catbalogan police chief.

He added that the policemen will be deployed in crowded areas in downtown Catbalogan.

It will be recalled that during the Pacquiao-Marquez fight, in broad daylight three hold-up men stormed LBC and carted away more than half a million pesos cash, however, the police claimed charges have been filed against the offenders identified through the CCTV cameras.

Aside from police visibility, Doncillo said he will coordinate with the Samar police provincial office fires and explosive unit for them to disseminate information on air about their operations to regulate the selling of firecrackers.

Later, they will inspect the firecrackers stalls and extend the full force of the law if there will be violators.

“The Letter of Instruction (re Firecrackers) has long been there, all we need is to review this, remind the firecracker business community to make sure that those they sell are allowed by law,” Doncillo explained.

“I wish that Catbaloganons will have a safe Christmas and it can be done if they will also support the police, obey the laws, ordinances and provide bits and pieces of information if needed,” added Doncillo.

The challenge to secure half a million Catbaloganons and even more from nearby municipalities doing shopping in this commercial area has fallen on this PNP officer and his men.