The observance of the Holy Week had been peaceful in Bohol, without any major incident in the police blotter.
Police Provincial Director Constantino Barot Jr. attributed this to the intensified police visibility in strategic areas of the province, especially Loboc where people flocked to Kruz Dako and Panglao where tourists spent the vacation.
According to Barot, the only noticeable complaint that Panglao police responded during the peiord was regarding the colorum pumpboats anchored by the beach front that caused inconvenience to tourists.
Police officers also closely monitored cockfighting activities and made sure no one violates the rules on Maundy Thursday until the Holy Week is over.
However, the Txtklamo center of dyRD received reports that some individuals managed to secretly engage in cockfighting in some remote barangays on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
On this, the police provincial director said the police force could have responded had the barangayfolk concerned immediately reported the incident to authorities.
Barot pointed out that he always wanted every concern addressed promptly.
In fact, he has deployed one police officer for every barangay.
Police officers had also been deployed to busy areas during Good Fridays such as the Loboc area and the route of the stations of the Cross in Tagbilaran City where concerns on the traffic had been promptly addressed.
In Panglao, the police provincial director lauded the local government unit for creating the Citizens Auxiliary Police.
Members of the Citizens Auxiliary Police might not be issued service firearms, but their presence in the community can already be of big help in curbing criminality.
Barot said other LGUs in Negros Oriental such as Bayawan City already had the Citizens Auxiliary Police since the 1990s yet.
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