Police in Sarangani arrested a total of 523 wanted persons and violators of local laws in various parts of the province in nearly six months of operations.
Col. Michael Lebanan, acting Sarangani police director, said on Saturday the suspects were nabbed in manhunts and preemptive operations, as well as during the occurrence of reported criminal activities and related incidents.
He said these involved persons with standing warrants of arrest and those caught “in flagrante delicto” or in the act of committing crimes and violating laws and local ordinances.
Citing reports submitted by the province’s seven municipal police stations, he said some 42 top most wanted persons were arrested during the “Manhunt Charlie” operations from January 1 to June 25.
The suspects were ordered arrested by the courts for grave offenses such as murder, homicide, robbery, rape, and arson.
“A number of them were wanted for drug-related violations and other offenses that were considered heinous crimes,” he told reporters.
A total of 10 most wanted persons were arrested by the Malungon municipal police station (MPS), eight by Glan MPS, six by the provincial headquarters, five by Alabel MPS, four by Kiamba MPS, and three each by Maasim, Malapatan and Maitum MPS.
At least 17 suspects were nabbed from the start of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and community quarantine in March.
For the regular felons, some 126 were arrested during the period, with 28 in Malungon town, 22 in Alabel, 21 in Glan, 20 in Maasim, 13 in Maitum, 12 in Malapatan and 10 in Kiamba.
These were persons who have committed light offenses such as slight physical injuries, alarm and scandal, light threats, and violation of municipal ordinances.
A total of 335 persons were arrested without warrants during preemptive anti-crime operations as well as during and immediate aftermath of the occurrence of crimes.
Some 247 suspects were nabbed from March to June, with violations including the breach of community quarantine protocols.
Lebanan assured that they will continue with their intensified security and law enforcement operations despite the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
He said these include the crackdown on all forms of illegal activities, especially corruption and illegal drugs as mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte, to maintain peace and order in local communities.
The police official said they will also monitor the activities and performance of their personnel in line with the continuing internal cleansing program of Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa.
“Rest assured that we uphold what is right and proper for everyone, especially with the constituents in the province,” he added. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency