The Quezon City government announced Wednesday that it had strongly requested the Philippine National Police (PNP) hierarchy to institute movements in the leadership of the QC Police District (QCPD) in wake of the shooting spree in Barangay North Fairview over the weekend.
“I felt frustrated and personally feel bad about the incident. The incident was very humiliating for QC considering that our city is being tagged as the country’s premier city. I hope the PNP hierarchy will do what is necessary as soon as possible,” said Mayor Herbert M. Bautista.
According to the Mayor, while the present QCPD leadership still enjoys his administration’s trust and confidence, the city police can still do better considering that the QC government has provided them with all the support necessary in their peacekeeping efforts.
“Hindi po nagkulang ang pamahalaang lungsod ng suporta sa QCPD,”Bautista earlier stressed during a press conference at QC Hall on Tuesday as he urged the PNP to first submit a shortlist of candidates before making a recommendation as to who would sit in the QCPD leadership.
Bautista pointed out that while he prefers someone who rose from the ranks, QC needs competent people who will protect its image and the welfare people of QC.
“The incident that claimed five innocent lives from the hands of two thrill-seekers was a wake-up call for the city police,” he added.
He also stressed the need to show the people that QCPD was really serious in going after the killers of the innocent people.
“I hope the QCPD can do better with the investigation they are doing. I hope they can show me the killers at sigurado sila sa identity ng mga ito at hindi hula-hula lang,” he added.
In line with that call, he also called on the QCPD to launch a massive campaign against loose firearms to help deter criminality.
According to the mayor, the control of loose firearms can minimize the operation of criminal elements such as ‘akyat-bahay’ gang members, riding-in-tandem motorcyclists and hired killers.
He also said that the city is seriously studying the possibility of imposing curfew in QC to deter criminality and lawlessness. PNA