DAVAO CITY April 17 (PIA)-  Davao City Police Office Director Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum has vowed to dismantle  street gangs after a riot in the city’s downtown marred a normally peaceful Black Saturday (April 15).

Police arrested about 11 gang members, after a riot between rival gangs occurred at Santa Avenue and the area near the city’s post office. The gangs threw rocks and other projectiles which frightened motorists and bystanders caught in the riot.

Quick response from foot patrol and mobile patrol personnel from Sta. Ana Police Station initially netted in four rioters, the rest were arrested after hot pursuit operations.

“We'll strengthen our covert operatives to counter these juvenile hooligans, we'll go after their leaders that we already identified, to weaken the gang structure.” Sr. Supt. Tagum said in the aftermath of the riot.

Of the 11 arrested, seven were minors (16 and 17 years old).

Apart from a police approach to solving gangsterism among youths. Tagum said they will be coordinating with barangay officials for a holistic approach.

The issue of gang riots was among the concerns of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte she relayed to the newly appointed DCPO chief.

Tagum assumed his post as the city’s top cop last April 3. (PIA/RG Alama)