POLICE Regional Office 1 director, Brigadier General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. yesterday announced the arrest of 963 wanted persons in Ilocos-Pangasinan region over the past three months, 101 of them included in their most wanted list.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PRO1 director said the suspects who are facing charges ranging from murder, homicide, illegal possession of drugs and firearms, theft and rape were hauled to jail across the region since last May 11.
The suspects were arrested following a non-stop implementation of warrants of arrest by PRO1 tracker teams in the provinces of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and La Union, Azurin said.
“This is part of our ongoing effort to account for all wanted persons in Ilocos-Pangasinan region and ensure that the region won’t be a safe place for criminals to hide,” said the official.
Azurin lauded the four Region 1 police provincial offices as well as different city and municipal police stations in the region for their success in accounting for the most wanted persons.
At the same time, he ordered them to further intensify police visibility and beat patrol particularly in places of convergence, malls, and churches and in identified crime-prone areas to ensure the security of the people.
“We will be on guard day and night, and let our people feel the safest. Even this pandemic will not hamper us from implementing the law, provided that we follow the health protocols of the New Normal,” Azurin said.
The official said the arrests were resuls of their Simultaneous Anti- Criminality Law Enforcement Operations or SACLEO in the region which has been considered a ‘tried and tested formula’ in accounting for criminals and other lawbreakers in the country.
SACLEO used to be known as the ‘One-Time, Big-Time’ operations of the Philippine National Police wherein officers in a particular region, province or city conduct a day-long or a week-long anti-criminality operation thru the service of warrants of arrest and search warrants, buy-bust operations and increased checkpoints to arrest criminality.