NCRPO anti-crime drive unrelenting amid COVID-19 threat

AGENTS of the National Capital Region Police Office remain unrelenting in their anti-criminality campaign in Metro Manila despite the major role they are playing in the government effort to help prevent the further spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

NCRPO director, Major General Debold M. Sinas said that operatives from the five NCRPO districts are continuing to pursue different crime targets including those involved in illegal drug activities, robbery-holdup and hoarding and profiteering while their fellows man Quarantine Control Points or QCPs in different parts of the metropolis.

From Tuesday to 5 a.m. yesterday, NCRPO operatives conducted 25 anti-narcotics operations which led in the arrest of 47 known drug personalities in the metropolis.

The Northern Police District headed by Brigadier Gen. Ronaldo Genaro E. Ylagan conducted six of the anti-drug stings which led in the arrest of 14 suspects while the Eastern Police District under Brig. Gen. Johnson C. Almazan launched six  operations which resulted in the arrest of 7 drug offenders.

On the other hand, the Manila Police District headed by Brig. Gen. Rolando F. Miranda arrested 9 suspects during the conduct of 5 buy-bust operations while the Southern Police District under Colonel Emmanuel B. Peralta jailed 7 as a result of 4 anti-drug stings.

The Quezon City Police District headed by Brig. Gen. Ronnie S. Montejo meanwhile arrested 10 known drug personalities as a result of 4 buy-bust operations during the period.

Sinas said that from July 1, 2016 up to yesterday, NCRPO personnel have conducted 51,443 anti-drug operations including 17,988 buy-bust operations; served 1,359 warrants of arrest for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002; and served  430 search warrants for violation of RA 9165. Apart from that, the NCRPO also conducted a total of 312 checkpoints, 5,468 conduct of Oplan Galugad/Bulabog; 696 Oplan Sita; and 25,190 Police Patrols/Responses during the period.

Sinas said that those operations led in the arrest of 104,123 offenders including 26,253 known drug pushers and the rest drug users.

During the period, a total of 1,489 armed drug dealers were also killed in gunbattles with anti-narcotics officers in the metropolis.

The NCRPO said that a total of 2,571 firearms which can be used to commit violence in the streets were also seized as a result of those anti-narcotics operations.

Sinas said that crime incidents in Metro Manila have gone down tremendously since they  strictly enforced the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the region last week.

The official said they have registered a total of 766 crimes from March 15-20 compared to the 2,367 recorded during the same period in 2019 or a 67.6 percent reduction.

Sinas said that during the period in review, the following cases were recorded: 7 murder, 2 homicide, 11 physical injuries, 5 rape cases, 18 robbery cases, 24 theft incidents, 1 motor vehicle theft and 5 motorcycle theft or a total of 73 Eight Focus Crimes.

During the same period last year, the NCRPO recorded 10 murder cases, 3 homicide, 41 physical injury cases, 23 rape cases, 50 robbery incidents, 68 theft cases, 4 motor vehicle theft and 12 motorcycle theft cases.

The official said they also recorded 414 Non-Index Crimes during the period compared to the 489 total last year and 279 traffic accidents compared to the 1,667 cases in 2019.