NEGROS ORIENTAL, Feb. 15 (PIA) – The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NORPPO) here bared that police-initiated operations resulted to more arrests under its flagship programs in the month of January this year.
In a Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting recently, PSupt. Carlos Lacuesta of NORPPO reported its accomplishment on flagship program which include campaign against illegal drugs, loose firearms, and illegal gambling.
Under the Revised Penal Code and Special Laws such as enforcement on Republic Act 9165 or Anti-Illegal Drugs campaign, Col. Lacuesta said a total of 40 drug personalities were arrested and 49.3 grams of shabu and 6.61 grams of marijuana confiscated with a total value of P493,330.50.
Under Republic Act (RA) 9287, or campaign against illegal gambling, the police arrested six persons with total bet money confiscated at P530.
For the campaign against loose firearms or RA 8294, PNP arrested five persons and recovered and confiscated eight firearms.
However, Lacuesta said with the termination of anti-illegal drug operations of the PNP effective January 31, NORPPO will be more focused in addressing the seven focused crimes including rape in the province of Negros Oriental, as mandated by higher office.
He also reported the total crime volume of 628 was committed for January with a breakdown of 219 index crimes and 187 non-index crimes including 126 crimes under special laws and 96 traffic related incidents.
The most prevalent index crime is physical injuries with 82 incidents, followed by theft with 75 incidents, robbery with 25, murder with 20, carnapping and homicide with five each and cattle rustling with one incident.
However, Lacuesta cited that Negros Oriental remains to be one of the most peaceful places in the region. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental)