NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday assured the public they will continue without any letup their discipline drive or the NCRPO’s intensified enforcement of all city and municipal ordinances, specifically the curfew hours for violators and the ban on drinking in public, since these have been proven to be a major crime deterrent.
The NCRPO chief told the Journal Group that on orders of Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the program which has already resulted in the apprehension of more than 315,000 violators from June 13 to last Saturday will be strictly implemented by his men despite some public criticisms.
“We have reasons to believe that we have effectively prevented the possibility that the apprehended violators of the ordinance against drinking in public could have figured in drunken brawls or worst, commit some criminal activities had we not hauled them to police stations where they were given lectures, some charged in court and ordered to pay fines,” he said.
As of last Sunday, nearly 221,000 of the apprehended violators were set free after being given warnings by police and barangay authorities while over 56,500 others were ordered to pay fines. More than 37,000 others were also charged in court after they were found to be repeat offenders of city and municipal ordinances.
Eleazar also described as a very big morale-booster to the metropolitan police force the result of the latest Social Weather Stations survey which showed that eight out of 10 Filipinos fully support the Duterte government’s war on drugs.
He particularly cited the members of the NCRPO Special Operations Unit and Drug Enforcement Units who continuously go after illegal drug personalities from the regional level down to the smallest police stations.
The NCRPO chief likewise assured the public that they will be on their toes round-the-clock to keep the streets safe.
The official recently received an award from President Duterte and Gen. Albayalde after the NCRPO was awarded as the Best Region in Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign and Best Region in Internal Cleansing during the 117th Police Service Anniversary Celebration in Camp Crame last August 8.