CALOOCAN Police Department (CPD) chief Col. Samuel Mina dispelled rumors that the local policemen had been remiss in their duty to protect the beleaguered residents of Pangarap Village in Caloocan City that had been reportedly locked down inside their community by security personnel of realtor Carmel Development Inc. (CDI).
During a courtesy call by Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP)-National Capital Region Commissioner Rey Galupo, the police chief acknowledged the need to beef up the deployment of men inside the informal settlers' community, as there had been reported incidents of villagers being harassed by a number of CDI personnel.
Just recently, a house was allegedly strafed with gunfire, and although no one was injured, news of the incident had reached the PCUP. Galupo immediately acted on the matter, requesting the CPD to ensure that no such event would happen again.
In response, Mina disclosed that he had already ordered a thorough investigation of the incident. Police investigators found no evidence that pointed to anyone from CDI as having perpetrated the crime.
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The police chief stated that the CPD was exhausting all means to preserve peace and order in Pangarap Village, assuring the PCUP that additional police personnel would be deployed immediately to increase police visibility and ensure that there would be no more untoward occurrences.
Mina denied that residents in the area were being prohibited by CDI's security personnel from entering or exiting the village.