“Oplan Bolabog” by Davao City Police nets 250 individuals

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DAVAO CITY, Philippine– About 250 individuals were invited by various police precincts here for failure to show proof of residency in their villages.

Tuesday dawn, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio reminded all Davao residents to always bring their identification cards.

The Oplan “Bulabog” (operation Sudden Flight) is a surprise community visits by law enforcement authorities to check the identities of male residents in the area.

Three barangays were visited starting Wednesday morning with 250 individuals invited for failure to show ID’s and village leaders do not know them.

Those who were properly identified by their village chiefs and have shown identification cards and/or identified by their village chief were sent home.

Davao City Police Director Alex Tagum said it is not a clamp down “The purpose is t check the information that we received that some fugitives have been hiding in some villages and we just want to know if everyone in the village is a resident.”

Tagum said the “Oplan Bolabog” (operation spot check) is also coordinated with the armed fores.

Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) chief Benito de Leon said the inspection was done “to search and arrest suspected personalities.”

Barangay Captain Wating Uzman of 23-C, whose village was first visited by the police said one of those invited by the police called him while he was in Marawi Thursday asking for help “But I told him, I cannot I respect the police operations.

“Matagal ko na sila sinabihan, magkuha ng ID pero ayaw nila, hindi nila ako ma blame ngayon, wala na akong magawa, matigas ang ulo nila (I told them long ago to secure an ID, but they didn’t, they cannot blame me now, I cannot do anything, they are hard headed).

Tagum assured the residents their rights are respected not violated if they are law abiding citizens.-Harold Pontongan/Newsline.ph

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