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Manila has no room for criminals — Mayor Honey

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna says there is no toom for criminals in Manila. Behind her are some MPD policemen. (JERRY S. TAN)

“HINDI porke’t babae ang nakaupong mayor ay pupuwede na ang kalokohan ninyo sa Maynila.”

This declaration was made against criminal elements by Mayor Honey Lacuna, as she expressed disgust for the rape suspect who was presented to her by Manila Police District (MPD) Director Gen. Andre Dizon recently.

Lacuna said Manila has no room for criminals and expressed confidence that Dizon shares the same sentiment and would do everything humanly possible to keep criminal elements off the city.

The mayor particularly cited the MPD for the arrest of a 61-year-old suspect whom she said even lied about being the live-in partner of the three minors he raped -aged two, six and 12- when he was in fact just a neighbor and managed to elude arrest for three years.

Lacuna said she believes that a crime-free city is key to progress, since it will lure investors to put up businesses that will result in the creation of jobs which will lead to overall progress.

It is for this reason that Lacuna said her administration is committed to supporting the MPD in whatever way possible.

Apart from the monthly allowance of the some 5,000 MPD personnel, the Manila local government is also tapping private entities who might want to help by donating mobile cars, motorcycles and other equipment that would be useful for police work.

The mayor, it was learned, receives nearly hourly updates of apprehensions being made and cases being solved by the different units of the MPD.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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