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Ito-tokhang din: Iloilo cops to go after gangs

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It’s not just suspected drug dealers who will get a friendly knock from the police. So will members of local gangs, at least in Iloilo City.

City councilor Jeffrey Ganzon, who heads the city committee on police matters, said he wants to meet with the leaders of these gangs and “appeal for sobriety.”

Ganzon asked city police chief Senior Superintendent Remus Canieso, to let him help, Iloilo news site The Daily Guardian reported.

“I believe it is more effective to go the houses of the gang presidents, talk to them and their parents, and ask them to stop activities that can harm others and can destroy their future,” Ganzon said.

The councilor noted a rising number of crimes involving such gangs in the city.

He said he plans to conduct his visitation before the Dinagyang festival. He had asked Canieso to provide him with two police escorts.

The city police is monitoring around 25 gangs in the metro. These include City Proper – BRB (Be Right Back), HOME BOYS, SPERM RichKid; BAD BORN; Lapuz-Lapaz – LBS (Little Brown Style), MBS (Mga Batang Sikat), P5 (Pasaway Singko), SPERM, HOME BOYS, TYGA, SHOKTONG (See Crazy Kids Touches Nice Girls), YCK (Young Crazy Kids), STS (Street True Side), DICTA (Di Ilonggos Crew Thugs Amegos), LK (Last Kings), OR (Oiys Republic), SPOT, TGOD (Tailor Gang or Die), G-Crown, 5-Star Group, and Bibug Gang; Mandurriao – Cool Amigos, Street True Side Kids, and SP5; and Molo – ROLL-up Gang.

For his part, Canieso noted some gang members are minors, and appealed to parents to monitor their children.