Pandemic won’t stop NCRPO anti-crime drive

THERE is no stopping the National Capital Region Police Office from its unrelenting anti-criminality operations in Metro Manila despite the major role it is playing in government effort to help further stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus in the country, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

From 5 a.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. yesterday, records from the NCRPO headed by Major General Debold M. Sinas showed that the metropolitan police force conducted 20 anti-narcotics operations which led in the arrest of 38 drug personalities.

The Northern Police District headed by Brigadier Gen. Ronaldo Genaro E. Ylagan launched eight drug stings which netted 17 known drug offenders while the Eastern Police District under Brig. Gen. Johnson C. Almazan conducted six operations which led in the arrest of 13 drug personalities.

On the other hand, the Southern Police District headed by Colonel Emmanuel B. Peralta launched four buy-bust operations and arrested six suspects while the Quezon City Police District under Brig. Gen. Ronnie S. Montejo arrested two known drug traffickers in separate entrapment operations during the period.

Sinas said that from July 1, 2016 to yesterday, the NCRPO has conducted a total of 51,869 anti-illegal drug operations including 18,147 buy-bust operations and served 1,366 warrants of arrest and 436 search warrants for violation of Republic Act 1965 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 which led in the arrest of nearly 105,000 drug  personalities including nearly 26,500 pushers.

At least 1,500 armed drug offenders were also killed in gunbattles with undercover officers during the period which also saw over 236,000 confessed drug personalities surrendering under the NCRPO’s Oplan: Tokhang program.

So far, a total of 16,791 drug surrenderers have graduated from PNP-run Recovery and Wellness Programs in the metropolis.