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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, June 14, 2007
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Police goes after vandals

City police director Supt. Dionardo Carlos claimed recently that the days of persons responsible in vandalizing private and public places in Dumaguete City are numbered.

Carlos said he has directed the intelligence branch of the Dumaguete Philippine National Police to double their efforts in catching what he called as the "spray painters," and file charges against them.

He said three "hip-hop" gangs have acceded to their call and leaders of "Crips," "Bloods," "BK," and "Banana Republic," among others, have volunteered to clean up the walls of spray paints.

Carlos said these groups would also like to clear their names that are linked to the vandals. The clean-up drive started at the boulevard area.

Carlos said policemen are closing in on the spray painters of the number "683" of which several are painted on the walls of the city.

Some members of the hip-hop gangs in Dumaguete are former "parke boys," police reports said.

Meanwhile, the city police has acquired a 1996 model of Toyota Tamaraw FX for use in its patrol operations in Dumaguete. Carlos said the vehicle was donated by the Central Bank, whose director for security is a former PNP officer and his close friend.

The vehicle complements the acquisition of another police van and two XLR Honda motorcycles for the city police.*JG/RG

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