By Marie Tonette Marticio
BORONGAN City – Following the recent ambush attack against police officers, Borongan City Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda has issued an executive order banning the use of full-face helmets and masks that will disguise or conceal the identity of motorcycle drivers.
Executive Order No. JIDCA-005-1219-A issued on Tuesday, December 17, states that “there is a need to implement measures to prevent the commission of crimes and terroristic acts.”
Mayor Agda said it is part of their mandate to “ensure the safety and security of their constituents.”
The order prohibits the wearing of helmets and other masks of similar nature when a person enters the city proper.
The EO was issued after the December 13 incident in Barangay Libuton here where suspected members of the New People’s Army detonated an improvised explosive device on the highway, leaving a policeman and two civilians dead, and at least 15 injured.
He also appealed to the armed rebels to stop their terroristic acts and instead support development projects and programs of the government.
“Sana hindi magambala ang aming pamumuhay. We are peace-loving people. Wala kaming kasalanan. On the part of the city government, we are trying to be transparent to our people,” he said.
The official maintained that the city remains peaceful despite the recent encounters between the army and the NPAs.