Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. reported to PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde the arrest of 211 illegal drug suspects, 101 wanted persons and accosted 16,652 violators of city ordinances during the implementation of simultaneous anti-criminality and law enforcement operations (SACLEO) for the past nine days in Quezon City.
Esquivel said combined operational and administrative personnel from the District Headquarters (DHQ), District Mobile Force Battalion (DMFB) and the 12 police stations, composed of 2,422 police non-commissioned officers (PNCOs) and 93 police commissioned officers (PCOs) were deployed from Nov. 19 to 28, 2018 that resulted in the arrest of the suspects.
He said during the period, 106 anti-drug operations were conducted that led to the arrest of 211 suspects and neutralization of eight drug personalities in four separate encounters.
Seized during the operations were 1,194.85 grams of shabu worth P7,196,250 in street value; 500 grams of dried marijuana leaves worth P67,000 and eight short firearms.
Also, a ‘one-stop-shop’ processing area was set-up in the police stations where the 16,652 city ordinance violators were brought for documentation. During the processing of violators of city ordinances, six were found to have existing warrants of arrest; 12,333 were warned; 944 were fined; 3,375 were charged; while 1,209 were lectured on salient points of various city ordinances, especially those that are commonly violated.
Police also arrested 101 wanted persons for various offenses. The courts of origin will be notified of their arrest.
Esquivel said that since June 13, 2018 up to Nov. 28, 2018, the QCPD accosted a total of 317,138 city ordinance violators in Quezon City.
Among the frequently violated laws and city ordinances include jaywalking, drinking intoxicating alcohol in public place, smoking in public place, roaming half-naked in public place and among others.
During the same period, the QCPD also implemented ‘Oplan Katok’ or door-to-door visit of policemen to the given address of firearm holders who have not renewed their firearm license and registration, thus considered as ‘loose firearms’. The operation resulted in the recall of 204 firearms (191 short and 13 long), 199 ammunition and three hand grenades for safekeeping.
Esquivel said, “The public will expect more SACLEOs especially in identified crime-prone areas in Quezon City. We also encourage gun-holders to be responsible in renewing their license and firearm registrations as we stepped up on our Oplan Katok.”