By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – The provincial police director of Pangasinan said the immediate filing of a case against suspected killers could deter other would- be killers.
Senior Supt. Mariano Luis Verzosa said he exhorted chiefs of police in the 44 towns and four cities of the province to file a case against suspects in a murder or homicide even they are not yet apprehended.
“I told them to exert more efforts to catch these suspects. Now, if a suspect denies he was involved in the killing, he should come out from hiding and clear his name,” he stressed in Filipino.
He said his “charge them first policy” would be a bane against hired killers that have snapped countless of lives.
According to Verzosa, from January to October this year, there were 199 killing incidents in the province.
He said 40 per cent of this figure is blamed to hired killers.
The 60 per cent, Verzosa cited, is related to human conflicts like grudge, land dispute, and others.
He said community organizations led by officials in the barangay, church and others can help mitigate if not prevent, crimes.
“Sabi ni General (Luizo)Ticman (former regional director in Region 1) noon ‘crime can be prevented’. Of course habang nag-uumpisa pa lang iyong animosity, problem sa family dapat na so-solve na sa barangay (level). Iyong kapitbahay nakikita niya na nag-aaway e mamamagitan na diyan para ma prevent sa pamamagitan ng wise advise (General Ticman said crime can be prevented. As the animosity brews between family members, the barangay officials should intervene immediately. If a neighbor sees squabbling among his neighbors, he should mediate by giving them a wise advice”.
Versoza said the crime solution efficiency of the Philippine National Police does not rely solely on the police but in the cooperation of the witnesses who saw the crime.
“Doon makipag-cooperate sila sa community, mag bigay ng information para mapa bilis ang kaso natin, resolution ng kaso (They witnesses should cooperate by giving information to concerned offices so the solution of the case could be expedited)”.