To restore law and order in
regional and local government on Monday created a special task force to contain
rising illegal drug related crimes which was capped by the recant ambush-slay
of the city’s police chief. Marawi City
The composite group, aptly called Joint Task Force Ranao, is ordered to implement stricter law enforcement against organized crime syndicates in Marawi.
“A total gun ban would be imposed in Marawi as one of the measures to prevent a repetition of policemen being killed in the city,” Chief Supt. Ronald Estilles, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PNP-ARMM) police director, said.
The PNP-ARMM has administrative and operational control over police in
component city of Lanao del Sur.
On October 17, gunmen shot dead in a daring attack Supt. Abner Wahab Santos,
police chief, as he
was aboard alone in his vehicle. Marawi
That ill-fated day,
was heading back around 2:30 p.m. to Marawi
City from a command conference with
Lanao del Sur police officers in a nearby area when ambushed by gunmen onboard
another vehicle in Barangay Luksadatu, .
“Once the city and provincial councils come up with an ordinance, gun ban will be strictly imposed, permit to carry firearms of civilians is suspended,” Estilles said in a phone interview.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, who presided over a joint regional and provincial peace and order council meeting on Monday, said once the ordinance is in place, no police or military personnel are allowed entry, if they have no official business, in the city.
Police or Army officers in civilian clothes carrying firearms would be denied entry or not allowed to roam around the city, Hataman said in a radio interview.
“Permits to carry firearms would also be suspended within
the governor added. Marawi City
Heavily tinted vehicles, which are common in
would also no longer be allowed. Marawi City
All vehicles’ license plates are also ordered exposed and not covered by any obstruction.
“The agreement is that all stakeholders must participate in our efforts to restore peace and normalcy in Marawi,” Hataman said.
Hataman and Estilles both said the death of
could be traced to his successful
dismantling of big time illegal drug operators in the city. Santos
personally led in the campaign to rid Marawi of illegal drug suppliers,
pushers, users and peddlers,” Estilles said. Santos