COUNCILOR Reynaldo Advincula on Thursday called city police director Senior Supt. Aurelio Trampe "inutile" and ‘‘ineffective’’ even as he urged the city’s top cop to quit due to the alarming crime rate.
"Trampe should have delivered results... The city needs strong man to fight criminals," said Advincula, adding that city hall officials were already tired of advising Trampe since he took over as police chief last year.
He said Trampe should immediately resign, citing complaints against the rising crime rate supposedly from business people in the city.
"He is so kind but his kindness has been affecting his work,’’ said Advincula.
What the city needs, according to Advincula, is a police chief who would be tough against criminals.
Advincula cited the increasing cases of wire theft in the city which cost business establishments’ millions of pesos.
He said the wire thieves have also adversely affected telecommunication companies like the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) located in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental and Philippine Calling Office based in Cagayan de Oro City.
Advincula did not give specific figures.
On Tuesday, thieves destroyed and stole a fiber optic cable and a modem cable in barangays Bulua, and Lapasan. They cut a thick steel pipe covering the cable wires.
Chief Insp. Antonio Montalba, who served as acting police director before Trampe took over, said he suspected a crime syndicate was behind the cable thefts. Montalba said similar cases have been reported across the country.
The theft affected communication services in Gusa all the way to Villanueva and Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, for 24 hours.
"We are still thankful to the police officers who arrested the suspects,’’ said Advincula. ‘‘But what we are seeing is only the tip of the iceberg.’’
Advincula faulted Trampe, saying the police chief should have made police officers visible in areas considered to be crime-prone.
Advincula said the weekly meetings of city hall officials with Trampe have become useless because the police director has not been acting on the local officials’ suggestions.
Resolutions have been passed in the city council calling on the police to ensure police visibility but these have not been fully implemented, he said.
‘‘They’re just good at the start,’’ said Advincula.
Trampe was out of town, according to his staff.
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