IS IT SAFE TO WALK IN LA TRINIDAD AT NIGHT?

Like most cities in the world with immigrants and natives settling in side by side, La Trinidad is not immune to security concerns that may put its residents and visitors in harm’s way. Thus, La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda, who describes herself as the “mayor with balls” personally leads local policemen to patrol bars at night to ensure these establishments comply with an 8 p.m. curfew ordinance. The lady mayor thinks this measure prevents crimes secondary to alcohol. Last year however, one cop was sacked and several were suspended for a shooting spree outside of Midtown Bar in La Trinidad on a fateful night in August 7, 2014. This caused concern over the safety of civilians in the town, specially the young since a group of youth figured in the Midtown bar shooting incident. According to the December 2014 yearly report of Mayor Tabanda, the municipality allocates Php5-million yearly for the purchase of “mobilization facilities” to implement the 8pm curfew ordinance. This had been docketed under the municipality’s Public Order and Safety Plan. The 8 p.m. curfew and liquor ban were seen as deterrents to crimes caused by being under the influence of liquor. Local policeman Byron Allatog observed a decrease in the municipality’s crime rate after the ban was implemented. He says these are indicated in police records. Local police records suggest that most physical injury crimes in La Trinidad are induced by excessive alcohol intake. So, will this deter tourists from trooping to La Trinidad to enjoy its strawberries and local delicacies? Common sense suggests that even walking along a dark alley in New York or Milan will almost always get someone into trouble. Best way is to enjoy the berries during the day and not to venture into bars after the curfew. For late night dinners, best option is to eat at fast food chains and restaurants along the well-lit highway or go for a short drive to nearby Baguio City for more late night options. ***JD/HSagorsor
Wisdom dictates you should not walk alone at night, specially in dark places in La Trinidad or anywhere else.***

Like most cities in the world with immigrants and natives settling in side by side, La Trinidad is not immune to security concerns that may put its residents and visitors in harm’s way. Thus, La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda, who describes herself as the “mayor with balls” personally leads local policemen to patrol bars at night to ensure these establishments comply with an 8 p.m. curfew ordinance. The lady mayor thinks this measure prevents crimes secondary to alcohol.
Last year however, one cop was sacked and several were suspended for a shooting spree outside of Midtown Bar in La Trinidad on a fateful night in August 7, 2014. This caused concern over the safety of civilians in the town, specially the young since a group of youth figured in the Midtown bar shooting incident.
According to the December 2014 yearly report of Mayor Tabanda, the municipality allocates Php5-million yearly for the purchase of “mobilization facilities” to implement the 8pm curfew ordinance. This had been docketed under the municipality’s Public Order and Safety Plan.
The 8 p.m. curfew and liquor ban were seen as deterrents to crimes caused by being under the influence of liquor. Local policeman Byron Allatog observed a decrease in the municipality’s crime rate after the ban was implemented. He says these are indicated in police records. Local police records suggest that most physical injury crimes in La Trinidad are induced by excessive alcohol intake.
So, will this deter tourists from trooping to La Trinidad to enjoy its strawberries and local delicacies? Common sense suggests that even walking along a dark alley in New York or Milan will almost always get someone into trouble. Best way is to enjoy the berries during the day and not to venture into bars after the curfew. For late night dinners, best option is to eat at fast food chains and restaurants along the well-lit highway or go for a short drive to nearby Baguio City for more late night options.
***JD/HSagorsor

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