By: Elena Grace Flores
Makati Mayor Abigail Binay fresh from the wake of the shooting fatality in West Rembo pressed the city police to speed up its investigation on Pedrano’s case, a casino employee Solaire. Maria Remedios Pedrano, who was only 31, was going to work at the Solaire resort and casino when an unidentified man snatched her bag that she resisted leading to the shooting that killed her on the spot. She sustained a gunshot wound in the head. The robber managed to escape in a waiting motorcycle with the victim’s possessions.
“Safety in the city is one of the priorities of Mayor Binay. She is very concerned about this incident and has asked for a report from the chief of police. She has also asked him to undertake greater measures in preventing further incidents,” said Michael Don Camiña, city legal officer and Makati City spokesman.
Camiña said Binay also repeated her order to Makati City police chief Senior Superintendent Rommil Mitra to increase police visibility within the city, especially in major thoroughfares and intersections. “Aside from mobile patrol cars, Mayor Binay asked the police chief to deploy teams to conduct foot patrols in strategic areas to deter criminals and protect the public,” Camiña added.
Binay have requested the Duterte administration in the national level to deploy additional police officers to Makati which is vital in addressing the “persistent imbalance in the city’s police to population ratio.” Binay disclosed that the police to population ratio in Makati is a lot lower than the standard ratio of one to 500.
The ratio in Makati at present time is estimated to be around 1 to 800 during night time, and 1 to 2,000 during daytime. “The link between peace and order and sustainable progress and development cannot be denied. Safer cities mean peace of mind for investors. More investors result in revenues which in turn are used to improve public services and the welfare of the people,” Binay earlier explained.