THE Pasay Police has renewed its drive against the so-called “batang hamog” who pose a threat to motorists and are allegedly involved in bukas-kotse and robbery incidents in the city.
Pasay Mayor Antonino Calixto said that the intensified campaign of the Pasay PNP is very timely as the City gears up for the 23rd World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia.
The forum is set this coming May 21 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), CCP Complex in Pasay City.
“We are not only focusing our efforts on beautification projects that will visually enhance our City but we are also concerned with the safety of our guests, tourists, motorists, and commuters,” Calixto said.
The groups’ modus operandi consist of looking for unlocked cars that are caught in the traffic while locked cars are shaken prompting the driver to step out and these children proceeds to loot whatever is inside the vehicle.
Pasay Chief of Police Sr. Supt. Florencio Ortilla said that they are conducting series of round up operation for minors like “batang hamog,” who are known to attack vehicles stuck in traffic. Most of these children are aged 7 to 16.
Ortilla, during the recent Peace and Order Council Meeting, said that those rounded up were turned over to the City Social Welfare and Development because there were minors.
The Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations earlier expressed support to the operation of the local police against batang hamog that are allegedly involved in a series of thievery in jeepney terminals in Pasay.
Some of those rounded-up were also solvent addicts.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO