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Zamboanga hotel guests profiled

Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has directed local hotel owners to ensure an efficient and regular profiling of guests in a bid to strengthen the city’s anti-terror and anti-criminality efforts.

Salazar said the management of hotels should require guests to submit valid identification cards so that coordinating with proper authorities would be easy “when the need arises.”

The directive also covers inns, motels, pension houses, boarding houses, guest houses, bed and breakfast, hostels, and lodges.

Salazar said requiring valid IDs began last year and the same could be done, not only during the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival next month but on a regular basis.

She reiterated her call for all sectors to help and cooperate in the city’s anti-terror and anti-crime efforts, stressing that the police, military, and the local government cannot do everything by themselves.

“The people should share in the effort by providing information related to security threats to the proper authorities,” she added.

Eleven people were injured in a bomb explosion in a pension house in Barangay Guiwan, Zamboanga City on October 9, 2011, while three people were killed and 27 others were wounded in another bomb explosion in a pension house in Barangay Canelar on November 27 in the same year. (PNA)