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Mayor Climaco concerned over high gun-for-hire incidents in Zamboanga Peninsula

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Shooting incidents in Zamboanga Peninsula have reached to 239 in the first eight months to August, with most of them perpetrated by hired killers, an official said.

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, chairperson of the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), has asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to review the motives behind the gun-for-hire incidents.

Of the 239 shooting incidents in the region from January to August, 88 of them were done by the gun-for-hire or hired killers.

Other motives for the shooting incidents were old grudge with 81 cases, 27 heated arguments, 20 conflicts of interest, 11 crime related, four in defense of self or others, four work related, three drug related, and one insurgency related.

“I think you have to review these motives because the solution of crime incidents, especially gun attacks, would largely depend on the motives. That is why, every time there is a shooting incident we always probe on the motive behind. I believe guns for hire cannot be the motive per se, it’s the people who hired them,” Climaco told the police during the 3rd regular quarterly meeting of the RPOC Wednesday, September 12.

According to the police, this year’s 239 shooting incidents were lower by 33% compared to 282 of the same period last year.

From January to August, Zamboanga del Sur had the highest number of shooting incidents with 93 cases, followed by Zamboanga City with 60 cases, Zamboanga del Norte with 39, Zamboanga Sibugay with 34, and Isabela City with 13 cases.

The police also reported that they have neutralized 81 gun for hire groups from 2016 to August this year.