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186 lawbreakers arrested in Cagayan

A TOTAL of 186 lawbreakers in Cagayan were hauled to jail by the local police in a 24-hour simultaneous anti-criminality operation which started shortly after early morning shortly after 12 a.m. Wednesday, a report to Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Crizaldo O. Nieves said yesterday.

Cagayan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Ariel N. Quilang said that among those arrested in separate anti-narcotics operations were eight known drug personalities in the province who yielded a sizeable amount of shabu and marked money paid to them by undercover officers.

“This is part of our all-out campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality in the province and in line with our effort to account for all wanted persons,” said the official.

Quilang said 10 others were included in the Top Most Wanted Persons in the Provincial and Municipal Levels while 25 were Other Wanted Persons.

The rest were arrested for violation of special laws including illegal gambling and logging activities.

On orders of Brig. Gen. Nieves, the official said they have also intensified their effort to clear areas in the province which have been infiltrated or threatened by the presence of the New People’s Army.

“We are stepping-up our conduct of our programs in support to the National Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict or NTF ELCAC,” said Quilang.

The programs include a series of medical missions and other civic activities in areas in Cagayan Valley where there is a reported NPA presence in order to ‘win back the hearts and mind’ of the populace.

The PRO2 leadership has also called on rebels in the region to lay down their arms and avail of a comprehensive government livelihood package laid out for them to enable to return to the mainstream of the society.