POLICE Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General Michael John F. Dubria, yesterday said that their stepped-up anti-criminality campaign in Central Mindanao last July led in the arrest of 716 wanted persons.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PRO12 director said their conduct of two region-wide SACLEOs or Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations greatly contributed in the arrest of 716 individuals, 57 of them tagged as Most Wanted Persons.
Another 444 were arrested through warrantless arrest and 215 were other wanted persons accounted for by the local police. Dubria said the figure is 7.9 percent higher than their June record which is 663 arrests including 18 most wanted and 212 others arrested for other felonies.
SACLEO is a one-day anti-crime drive that target perpetrators of crimes such as illegal drugs, illegal gambling, illegal firearms possession, terrorism thru the conduct of buy-bust operations, service of search warrants and warrants of arrest and other police interdiction operations.
Dubria said 190 of the arrests were made by the Cotabato Police Provincial Office which has the highest number of arrests composed of 16 most wanted, 53 other wanted, and 121 jailed thru warrantless arrests.
The Cotabato police was followed by the General Santos City Police Office with a total of 157 arrests composed of (8 most wanted, 43 other wanted, and 106 warrantless arrests; and the South Cotabato Provincial Police Office with 151 arrests (19 most wanted, 53 other wanted, and 79 warrantless arrests.
The Sultan Kudarat Provincial Police Office has 125 arrests (7 most wanted, 35 other wanted, and 83 warrantless arrests while the Sarangani Provincial Police Office accounted for 93 arrests, 7 of them most wanted, 31 others facing various criminal offenses and 55 jailed thru warrantless arrest.
Dubria assured the people of SOCCSKSARGEN that law enforcement operations will be relentless to make the region safe and secured from illegal activities and threats from the unlawful.
“I am grateful to the unending support coming from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies and also for the active support of the community in this war against criminality. With your continuous assistance to the PNP, I am optimistic that we will win this war against crime,” he said.