Dalipe: “I will not tolerate smuggling in ZC”

Mayor John Dalipe Thursday declared he will not tolerate smuggling activities in the city as he urged concerned agencies to further intensify the campaign despite the challenges.

The local chief executive made the declaration as he convened the maiden meeting of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) Thursday morning in City Hall.

“I want no smuggling activity in the city,” Dalipe asserted.

He commended the authorities concerned for the series of anti-smuggling operations conducted in the city in the recent days. 

Nonetheless, he said, the campaign should be strengthened and amplified to show malefactors that “there is no place for smuggling in Zamboanga City.”

For its next meeting, Dalipe wants a consolidated report on anti-smuggling operations through the Bureau of Customs, Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard.

He also wants the presence of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Meanwhile, the first-ever meeting of the reconstituted CPOC discussed the  prevailing peace and order situation in the city with reports from Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO), Joint Task Force Zamboanga (JTFZ) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-ZC. The reconstituted CPOC is based on Executive Order JD 2022-029 with Vice Mayor Josephine Pareja as Vice Chair. (Sheila Covarrubias)