Mayor Abraham “Abe” Ibba of Bataraza recently inaugurated the Southern Palawan Satellite Forensic Unit in his municipality. The aim of this initiative is to enhance the efficiency of criminal investigations, support the justice system, and contribute to overall public safety. The official launch of this unit took place on August 31 at the National Government Center in Bataraza.
During his address, Mayor Ibba highlighted the significance of the newly established forensic unit. He emphasized that it is a crucial step towards improving the accessibility and efficiency of forensic services in the southern part of Palawan. This unit can also play a vital role in reopening and reevaluating cold cases, potentially leading to breakthroughs in unsolved crimes from the past. Prompt processing of evidence will increase the chances of identifying perpetrators and bringing them to justice.
The mayor stated, “In 2013, the forensic personnel came from another region. Now, they are here with us. It will not only benefit the town of Bataraza, but also the entire Southern Palawan.”
The inauguration event was attended by Bataraza Vice Mayor Johnmain Jaafar, members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Provincial Chief PFU Arlene Dagot, Judge Ramon Chito Mendoza of Branch 165 of the Regional Trial Court, MIMAROPA RFU Chief Police Colonel Joseph Palmero, Director for PNP Forensic Group Police Brigadier General Constancio Chinayog Jr., retired Police Colonel Gabriel Lopez, PCSDS Executive Director Atty. Teodoro Jose Matta, Police Provincial Office Director Colonel Carlito Narag Jr., and Rev. Fr. Joseph Arvie Hernandez.
The Southern Palawan Satellite Forensic Unit (SPSFU) will house the necessary equipment and facilities for various forensic tasks. These will include crime scene investigations, evidence analysis, and expert testimony support. This unit is expected to significantly contribute to the effective handling and resolution of criminal cases in the region, ensuring justice for the residents of Southern Palawan.