MAYOR Joe Espinosa III said police visibility in Iloilo City should be enhanced following the murder of an egg trader at the Iloilo Terminal Market on July 13, 2018.
While the victim is from Tigbauan town, Espinosa said the death of Ranny Bibangco is still a concern as the crime happened in the city, thus the need for a more robust police presence.
“We want to assure the public that the police are on top of the situation,” the city mayor said.
Bibangco, 33, of Trance St., Branch 2, Tigbauan, Iloilo was shot dead past 6 a.m. at the Iloilo Terminal Market in Brgy. Rizal Pala-Pala, City Proper district.
The Iloilo City Police Station 1 is looking at four angles in the crime – love triangle, business matters, gambling, and illegal drugs.
The mayor said that right after the incident, he immediately instructed Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director Senior Superintendent Henry Biñas to treat such crimes with prime importance.
Espinosa said the city government is now in the process of purchasing 12 patrol cars for the ICPO to enhance the capability of the city police.
“We want that police presence be felt by the public especially in areas where they are needed. That is why we are addressing their need for additional vehicles and other equipment,” he said.
The mayor said they also want to address the request of call center employees who are on graveyard shift and want to feel safe in going home after work.
Espinosa admitted that he is satisfied with the performance of the ICPO in their response to criminalities in the city.
The city government is also providing one vehicle for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for intelligence gathering and monitoring.
“It will be an unmarked car which they can use in their operation. We understand that PDEA is undermanned and so there is a need to enhance their capability,” he said.