Over 2,200 Cavite lockdown violators apprehended

OVER 2,200 persons were apprehended by agents of the Cavite Police Provincial Office since last Thursday in line with their strict enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the province vis-à-vis with their ongoing anti-criminality campaign, a report to Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr. said yesterday.

Danao has commended the Cavite police for their accomplishments in the wake of the ongoing fight against the deadly COVID-19 even as he called on officers and men of the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon police forces to work much harder in helping prevent the spread of the deadly virus and at the same time keep peace and order in the entire Calabarzon region.

Cavite police director, Colonel Marlon R. Santos said that 112 of the suspects were arrested for various criminal offenses including involvement in illegal drug trafficking while the rest  were apprehended for violating Executive Order Series 2020 which placed the province of Cavite under community quarantine in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Santos said that of the arrested ECQ violators, 232 were apprehended for curfew hours’ violation, four for ignoring the liquor ban, 12 for resisting arrest and 755 others for having no Barangay Quarantine Pass when they were accosted by officers manning Quarantine Control Points in the province.

The official said that majority of the ECQ violators were released after being asked to perform community service while others were charged or were fined. “We are very strict when it comes to implementing the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in the province in order to prevent the presence of unauthorized persons in the streets and at the same time check criminals taking advantage of the present crisis,” he said.

Santos said that during the period, they conducted 15 buy-bust operations which led in the arrest of 33 drug personalities in Cavite, Bacoor, Dasmariñas and Imus cities and the municipalities of Tanza and Maragondon. Those operations resulted in the recovery of nearly 34 grams of shabu, 18 grams of dried marijuana leaves and various drug paraphernalia valued at  over P250,000

The others arrested include six who are wanted for  murder, attempted homicide, robbery, theft and falsification of commercial documents. One of the six turned out to be a murder suspect in Bacoor City while another is wanted for attempted homicide and described as the 3rd most wanted man in Bacoor City.