SOME 500 violators of the law, including 28 most wanted felons, were arrested during the four-day police operations in Central Luzon.
Also seized during the operations were several guns, deadly weapons and illegal drugs.
According to Police Regional Office 3 director Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr. the strings of operations were in adherence to the marching order of PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. to intensify, reinvigorate and focus on the anti-crime and insurgency efforts of the PNP as part of his five-focused agenda.
Hidalgo said he has ordered all provincial directors and chiefs-of-police in the region to conduct intensified Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO) as part of the crime mitigation drive of the PNP to deprive criminals with the opportunity to commit crimes.
He also warned all criminals that the full arm of the law will be used against them should they still prefer to continue disrupting peace and order in the region.
The Central Luzon top cop reported that from July 19 to 22, his men have arrested a total of 488 individuals, 28 of them most wanted, 146 have standing warrant of arrests for various crimes, 184 were held for illegal drugs, 127 were apprehended for illegal gambling and three were listed as members of criminal gangs.
They also confiscated a total of 724.97 grams of shabu and 54.40 grams of dried marijuana leaves worth at least P4,636,205.20 and P51,389 cash bets, along with 32 assorted loose firearms which were confiscated and surrendered, while 94 firearms were turned-in for safe keeping.
Hidalgo said the anti-crime accomplishments were the results of the strong support from the local chief executives.
He also called for the public’s full support and cooperation to the anti-crime drives of the police.