The Philippine Councilors League (PCL) is encouraging its members, particularly at the municipal level to report immediately and formally report whatever threats they may encounter while in line of duty.
This is one of the reminders of Dagupan City Councilor Maybelline dela Cruz- Fernandez, National PCL President, during the celebration of the PCL week in the province of Ilocos Norte over the weekend.
In Ilocos Norte, there had been previous attacks of some lawless elements and probably guns for hire against municipal councilors here yet their cases remain unresolved as of this date.
According to Fernandez, once the PCL receives a report, they will coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and facilitate the processing of documents needed to provide security of the concerned councilor if needed. Once endorsed by the PCL mother unit, Fernandez said this would help the councilors to strengthen their request for PNP’s approval.
Aside from that, the PCL is also an attached member to the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP). This is the group of the local government officials from governor down to mayor that addresses local issues for the community for their fellow officials, Fernandez added.
These are just some of the programs of the PCL in connection with the league’s mission to freely serve the public in a peaceful manner and to be a role model to their respective communities.
Hindi nakakarating sa amin ang reports na may mga councilors na nakakatanggap ng threats, nalalaman na lang namin kapag nangyari na ang krimen. Dapat hindi nila tinatagao ito para matulongan sila na mabigyan ng proteksyon, Fernandez added.
Meanwhile, Ilocos Norte PCL president Domingo Ambrocio, Jr. has condemned the previous incidents of councilors’ killing in the province. The latest victim was town councilor Rodolfo Valdez of Pasuquin town who was killed in his farm last April or barely four months ago. Murder charges had already been filed against the suspects but the mastermind and motive of the crime have yet to be established. Valdez established a good career in politics. He was on his last term as town councillor when he got killed and was was rumored to be eyeing a higher post in the 2016 elections, according to residents.
Prior to being a councilor, Valdez served as the town’s vice mayor.
On the other hand, three other councilors from Solsona, Ilocos Norte requested for police security. They are councilors Marcelino Quitoras, Bob Sacro and Jose Martin. The trio started to request for a police escort after the ambush of Solsona ABC Federated President Alexander Calucag.
With all these instances, this would manifests that the councilors in the province are aware on how to protect themselves and I appreciate that the National PCL gives assistance in providing security to my fellow councilors, Ambrocio added.(PNA)CTB/LGA