first_imgThe city government’s Public Safetyand Transportation Management Office’s patrol cars and motorcycles would alsohelp the police patrol the city, said Treñas. Treñas said he was “so surprised andtaken aback” by the daring assassinations but expressed confidence in thesecurity plan of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO). The successive killings appeared notrelated, according to investigators. The victim in the Jaro shooting was a callcenter agent and drug suspect while the one in La Paz was a businessman. “Our security personnel are in place. They know theirspecific areas of assignment,” he stressed. “Those caught for carrying firearms will be jailed andcharged in court,” said Defensor. Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word forrevelry or merrymaking. ILOILO City – Sunday’s brazen killingsin broad daylight must not spiral into a security nightmare this DinagyangFestival week, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. “Of course we are worried. Wehave dignitaries coming. I don’t want incidents similar to Sunday’s to happenagain,” he said. Treñas ordered Police Colonel MartinDefensor, city police director, to conduct an investigation on the killings. Heassured the public that the ICPO is “on top of the situation.” Another crowd-magnet is the four dayDinagyang Food Festival from Jan. 23 to 26. Police assistance desks will be erected and thePhilippine Army will also be sending troops to the city. “Hopefully this will not happen again.Dinagyang week na naton,” said Treñasyesterday. On Jan. 25 there’s the Dagyang saCalle Real, sponsors’ mardi gras and religious sadsad. These are allexpected to attract huge crowds. Dinagyang is known for its participants’ impressive choreography andstriking costumes that reflect Ilonggo ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry.center_img President Rodrigo Duterte’s partnerHoneylet Avanceña leads the dignitaries invited to witness Sunday’s ati tribes competition, the Dinagyanghighlight. The ICPO is mobilizing its 600 uniformedpersonnel plus over 2,000 from the PRO-6 and more than 3,000 force multipliersthat include barangay officials and tanods, among others. On Jan. 24 there’s the drum and buglecompetition, fluvial procession, float parade, and fireworks display. Today starts the deployment ofpolicemen across the city augmented by contingents from the Police RegionalOffice 6 (PRO-6). The permit to carry firearms outside of residence willbe suspended from Jan. 23 to 26. There will also be policemen in civilian clothes; theywill blend with spectators, said ICPO’s Defensor. “Expect strict frisking of revelers. Big bags andbackpack are not allowed as well as deadly weapons, glass bottles and buckleknives,” said Defensor. It has been voted the “best tourism event” three times in a row – 2006,2007 and 2008 – by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines./PN Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Despite the much vaunted Dinagyangsecurity preparations, armed men were able to avoid police detection andseparately kill two targets within minutes in Jaro and La Paz districts on Jan.19. In the days leading to Sunday’sDinagyang highlight, a series of activities would be held. Treñas assuredvisitors they are safe.last_img

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