A 3-DAY simultaneous anti-criminality operation in Metro Manila from Friday to Sunday last week resulted in the arrest of over 1,200 felons, the killing of two armed suspects in gunbattles and the seizure of more than P12 million worth of drugs, weapons and illegal gambling machines and other paraphernalia, National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas told the Journal Group yesterday.
“This is the result of our 3-day Metro Manila-wide Simultaneous Enhanced Managing Police Operation against known drug dealers, illegal gambling personalities and human traffickers,” said Sinas in a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.
The NCRPO chief said that during the 3-day operation, NCRPO agents conducted 282 anti-illegal gambling operations which led in the arrest of 849 suspects and 22 anti-human trafficking raids which resulted in the arrest of 59 suspects and the rescue of 145 persons including minors and an elderly woman rescued from different prostitution sites in the metropolis.
Sinas said that during the period, his men also conducted 196 anti-narcotics operations which led in the arrest of 357 suspects and launched 49 operations against loose firearms which netted 19 suspects.
Of the 357 suspects arrested, four were tagged as ‘high-value targets’ while 125 were considered as ‘street-level targets.’ The rest were either newly-identified targets of drug users.
During the period, NCRPO operatives also arrested 131 persons facing warrants of arrest for various crimes including drugs, rape, robbery-holdup, murder, homicide and theft; seized 534 illegal gambling machines and other paraphernalia; and nearly P105,000 in cash bets as well as over P12 million worth of dangerous drugs composed of nearly 1.5 kilograms of shabu, around three kilos of dried marijuana leaves and over a dozen Ecstasy tablets and Kush, a high-grade marijuana product.
P2,005 in cash and dozens of sex gadgets and condoms.
Sinas said of the 134 wanted suspects arrested, 11 belong to the Ten Most Wanted Persons’ list of the NCRPO while 123 others are wanted persons facing crimes ranging from murder, robbery, theft, homicide, illegal possession of drugs and firearms and ammunition, rape, estafa, frustrated murder, acts of lasciviousness, child abuse, reckless imprudence resulting to damage to properties and grave threats.