By Joseph Jubelag
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – City Councilor Franklin Gacal Jr. has sought the mass resignation of local police officials for failing to curb the spate of shooting incidents in the city perpetrated by motorcycle-riding gunmen since January.
Gacal assailed the city police force, headed by City Police Director Col. Aden Lagradante, for failing to stop the killings in the city, which has reached 26 incidents in the first two months of 2020 alone.
Lagradante was summoned on Tuesday by the City Council to shed light on the spate of gun-slaying incidents in the city.
“If the local police officials are inutile to stop the series of shooting incidents, then they should better resign from their posts’” Gacal lamented.
Gacal had expressed alarm on the spate of shooting incidents in the city which had totaled to more than 200 incidents since 2017.
He said the local police officials were seemingly remiss on their jobs to address the killings.
For his part, Lagradante accepted Gacal’s challenge, saying he would step down as city police director if he fails to stop the shooting spree in the city next month.
Lagradante said he has undertaken several measures to abate the gun-slaying incidents by intensifying police visibility and the conduct of random police checkpoints in strategic areas of the city.
City Councilor Edmar Yumang, committee chair on public safety and security, said the city police officials should intensify the intelligence monitoring to identify the perpetrators behind the extra-judicial killings in the city.