Thursday, January 20, 2011

Akrho, Tau Gamma help secure Sinulog

Members of the rival fraternities Alpha Kappa Rho (Akrho) and Tau Gamma Phi will be deployed as security marshalls during the Sinulog Grand Parade on Sunday to ensure the peaceful and orderly celebrations of the Feast of Sto. Niño.

Officials of both fraternities met with Senior Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe, chief of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and commander of the Task Force Sinulog to discuss the security arrangements.

During the Talakayan Sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) yesterday, Buenafe said there would be specific areas along the Sinulog route where Tau Gamma and Akrho members would act as security marshalls.

Buenafe, however, said he told the frat members to police their own ranks.

“This is their chance to promote Cebuanos and change people’s perception that they are trouble makers,” said Buenafe.

In Tuesday’s meeting, Buenafe said policemen, who are also members of Tau Gamma and Akrho, served as liaison to the security contingent officials.

“There are locations where they conduct activities jointly and there are assigned areas na sila mismo mag pupulis,” said Buenafe.

Buenafe said he would meet again today with both fraternities to finalize the arrangements.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama appealed to all fraternities in Cebu to cooperate in keeping the peace and order of the Sinulog 2011.

“Fraternities are not for fighting so I expect that they will be cooperating. You (fraternities) are not seen by us as something negative. You are part of Cebu City,” he said.

His call also extends to all sectors in Cebu.

It was feared that the clash between Tau Gamma Phi and Alpha Kappa Rho would be rekindled following the bloody grenade blast at De La Salle University where an Akrho member was initially tagged in the bombing allegedly by a Tau Gamma member.

A witness later tagged a member of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity as the one behing the bombing.

About 1,000 augmentation forces from the Regional Mobile Group arrived yesterday in Cebu City to help maintain peace and order during the Sinulog festivities. They were deployed to different police stations.

These augmentation forces will also be assigned to different sectors along the parade route. There will be tourists’ desks in every sector to entertain queries or complaints from foreign visitors.

Maj. Christopher Tampus, spokesperson of the Central Command (Centcom), said that 522 Cencom personnel would participate in the security preparations with the local police.

Reserve Officers’ Training Corp. cadets from different schools will also participate./WITH CORRESPONDENT EDISON DELOS ANGELES


Jayewalk R. Remotin said...

Viva Pit Senor Sto. Nino!!!! PEACE NOT WAR!

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