By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan
MANILA – To eradicate several criminal activities and ensure public safety, the Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) have arrested 31 persons in anti-criminality operations across the country, that led to the recovery and confiscation of several pieces of evidence and the suppression of illegal activities.
These operations conducted on Tuesday also resulted in the seizure of pieces of evidence worth PHP719,045, according to CIDG chief, Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat, in a statement Wednesday.
Under the campaign against wanted Persons or Oplan Pagtugis, Caramat said there were 19 manhunt operations that ended in the arrest of eight Most Wanted Persons (MWPs), two of whom were classified as the region’s most wanted, three as provincial, three as municipal, as well as the arrest of 11 Other Wanted Persons (OWPs).
He added that one suspect was apprehended during the two police operations undertaken that resulted in the seizure and surrender of two firearms under Oplan Paglalansag Omega or the campaign against loose firearms.
On Oplan Bolilyo or the campaign against illegal gambling, five suspects were collared, resulting in the confiscation of bet money amounting to PHP4,045, while one operation was conducted against the illegal refinery/manufacturing of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) resulting in the arrest of a suspect and the seizure of evidence worth PHP15,000.
In the campaign against unlawful destruction of natural resources or Oplan Kalikasan, one police operation was conducted that led to five arrests and the confiscation of evidence with an estimated value of PHP700,000 in Barangay Balagtas in Batangas City, Batangas province.
Caramat said the CIDG is mandated to take full action against these crimes that are exhausting the country’s natural resources until those responsible are held accountable under the law.
“We applaud the operatives behind these accomplishments. These numbers serve as a ground to further our mandates through our intensified police operations we vow to continue without fear or favor,” Caramat said. (PNA)