‘No private army in Bogo City’
BOGO City Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez said the City of Bogo’s Anti-Criminality Task Force (CBACTF) is an augmentation force in the city’s fight against crime and not a private army.
In the 888 News Forum last Tuesday, Martinez said CBACTF reinforced the limited number of policemen that monitors incidents of crime.
Martinez said CBACTF members are not “goons.”
Last year, administration candidates said they wanted Bogo City and the entire fourth district of Cebu to be placed under the control of the Commission on Elections, citing the “distressing” situation in the area.
They also wanted the CBACTF, a civilian task force formed by Martinez disbanded, disbanded, claiming the mayor is using civilian volunteers as his “private army.”
The complainants said the CBACTAF was formed to serve the Martinezes and harass and intimidate the people of Bogo, especially those who opposed the family in last year’s elections.
Mayor Martinez said there’s no reason to fear the civilian group because they are just residents of Bogo.
Martinez invited members of the media to visit Bogo City and see how CBACTF helped maintain peace and order in the city.
“Interview the people in Bogo. Ask some questions there. Look for issues,” he said.
The CBACTF was created through City Ordinance No. 020-2007. It is under the supervision of the mayor.
It was created “to augment the Philippine National Police force for the City of Bogo in any or all of the police operation against criminals and lawless elements for the purpose of apprehending the latter; serve as additional intelligence operatives to secure, prevent, identify and detect crimes.”
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