Benguet town remains peaceful; shooting incident isolated — PNP

BUGUIAS, Benguet — The municipality of Buguias in Benguet remains to be peaceful and good for business.

Buguias Municipal Police Station (MPS) head Chief Inspector Peter Dapliyan said this Thursday, noting that the crime rate of the municipality remains to be low.

Last May 9, a shooting incident occurred here but Dapliyan maintained that this was an isolated case.

He added that the incident involving a policeman is the only one of the same nature since January of this year.

Dapliyan said they were able to arrest 27-year-old student Jonnie Ian Panganiban Ballo after he shot PO3 Jake Dati Guinadan who responded to a mauling incident inside a bar in Bacoling Compound, Abatan, Buguias.

He said “Buguias remains to be peaceful because majority of our residents here are farmers.”

Dapliyan said there are a few bars operating in this town where the majority of the highland vegetables in the province of Benguet and the Cordillera region is produced.

Although “there are a few bars operating in our area, still we remain to be peaceful as shown by the record of crime incidents,” the police officer said.

Dapliyan also said that they are vigorously conducting the “Oplan Katok”, a house to house visiting scheme to recover loose, unregistered, unlicensed or firearms with expired permits, for safe keeping.

“We conduct regular visits to our community and inform them about the ‘Oplan Katok’ and as a result we have recovered two loose firearms from May 1 until today,” he said. Dionisio Dennis, Jr./