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BCPO firm in implementation of curfew in bars

BAGUIO CITY December 21 – The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) stands firm in the implementation of the prescribed closing time of bars and night establishments in the city to sustain its campaign in significantly reducing the occurrence of crimes against persons and properties that will contribute in enticing more tourists to visit the city in the future.

Senior Superintendent Ramil L. Saculles, BCPO City Director, challenged the organization of bars and night establishments questioning the data obtained through the geographic information system-based crime analysis to present their own scientific and actual data that will contradict their findings for them to be able to justify their claims that they will be allowed to operate beyond the prescribed closing time of night spots.

Under the provisions of Ordinance No. 88, series of 2009, bars without dancing are mandated to close at 12 midnight while night establishments with dancing are required to stop operations at 2 am daily.

Violators of the provisions of the ordinance will be penalized by a fine of P1,000 for the first offense, a fine of P2,000 for the second offense, a fine of P4,000 or imprisonment or community service for the third offense and a fine of p5,000 for the fourth offense that will include the revocation of the business permit of the owner and the subsequent closure of the establishment.

"We will still pursue our aggressive campaign to compel bar owners to strictly comply with the prescribed closing time of their establishments pursuant to an existing ordinance. WE have in our possession the data that will support our recommendation for the night establishments to have a uniform closing time," Saculles stressed.

In the case of rape, Saculles reported that 25 of the 41 rape cases that were recorded in the city for this year, 25 cases were said to be liquor-related wherein the victim and the suspect were under the influence of liquor.

According to him, BCPO cannot afford to concentrate in the deployment of its personnel primarily to monitor the compliance of business establishments to the prescribed closing time because of the other duties and responsibilities that the policemen have to perform such as in their anti-criminality and peacekeeping initiatives to sustain the descent peace and order situation in the city.

The BCPO official asserted the law enforcers were able to identify the hot spots in the city which are mostly found in the areas where liquor establishments are situated that is why the different police stations had been alerted about the crime situation in their areas of jurisdiction for them to be able to implement the appropriate measures to prevent the occurrence of untoward incidents that will affect the city's peace and order situation.

Saculles urged owners of night establishments to strictly comply with the prescribed closing time under the ordinance to help in lessening the occurrence of crimes against persons and crimes against property that mostly happen in the ht spots.

By Dexter A. See

 
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