Leonardia orders cops to tighten security around gov’t center

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Outgoing Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) director Thomas Joseph Martir to impose tighter security measures and intensified PNP visibility around the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) to avert crimes from happening in the area.

Leonardia issued the order after a 15-year-old resident was stabbed to death Sunday night by a group of teenagers carrying offensive weapons.

“I am deeply disheartened to hear of this unfortunate incident especially so that our administration has always prided itself to have maintained and effectively promoted the BCGC as a popular destination for tourists and families alike, where people of all ages can enjoy a safe and relaxing atmosphere day and night – apparently, until this tragic incident,” said Leonardia. (

The mayor also directed the BCPO to provide an action plan for tighter security around the BCGC on a 24/7 basis.

“While we have our (Public Order and Safety Office) personnel on duty on a daily basis, we further suggest that regular and constant coordination between them and your office is implemented,” he told Martir.