MALOLOS CITY—Due to increasing crime incidents in Bulacan, Governor Wilhelmino Alvarado as he convened the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) on Monday, March 5.
This came after local residents, including businessmen expressed alarm over the rash of violent crimes in the province since the last week of January.
The crimes includes the killing of a businesswoman in Paombong town, kidnapping of a family in Meycauayan City, assassination attempt on a mayors aspirant in San Miguel town that resulted to the death of his two companions, robbery at Resureccion Panswhop in Balagtas town and at Pamana Cooperative in Malolos City.
Other crimes include killing of a lawyer in San Jose Del Monte City; a police officer in San Rafael town, and an employee at the Vice Mayor’s office of Malolos City.
Alvarado said that the Bulacan Provincial Police Office reported to him that crime incidents in the province is lower compared to the first two months of last year.
However, he said that crime solution efficiency is low.
“Maraming unresolved case, kaya magpapatawag ako ng Peace and Order Council meeting within a week,” he said.
The governor also noted that while a number of crimes committed in the province remain unresolved, many were committed with boldness.
He cited that the killing of the businesswoman from Paombong, along with the killing od a lawyer in the City of San Jose Del Monte, thre kidnapping and carjacking in Meycauayan City and the robbery at Pamana Cooperative were committed on broad day light.
“It must be stopped,” he said noting that a number of Bulakenyos approached him and expressed their fears on increasing criminality in the province.
A former lawmaker and vice governor of Bulacan, Alvarado was elected in the 2010 elections.
After his assumption to office, he vowed “to put the house in order” noting that good governance will result to peace and order then to more investments in the province that will generate jobs.
However, the Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and industry said that high crime rate in the province will not only discourage possible investors, but current businessmen from expanding their operations