MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, on Friday said there will be no let-up in the crackdown against erring cops and criminality under the prevailing community quarantine amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.
In a virtual press briefing, Gamboa said that from January 1 to May 28, 2020, a total of 43 operations of the Integrity Monitoring Enforcement Group (IMEG) resulted in the arrest of 112 persons, composed of six Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs), 12 Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) and 94 civilians.
He said the operational accomplishment under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 16 to May 28 resulted in a total of 23 successful operations resulting in the arrest of 61 persons, consisting of five PCOs, 11 PNCOs and 45 civilians.
Meanwhile, from Oct. 14, 2019 to May 23, 2020, a total of 33,039 anti-drug operations resulted in the arrest of 49,648 suspects, surrender of 2,857 drug personalities, and seizure of a total of 812,474.36 kilos of shabu with a total value of PHP5.524 billion.
“This manifests the aggressive anti-illegal drugs posture of the PNP during this period. I commend the anti-illegal drug accomplishments of our operatives as our war on illegal drugs continues in its intensity together with our intensified war against the pandemic,” Gamboa said.
He said the police remain vigilant on people committing criminal acts despite the quarantine.
“As we see, based on PNP statistics, cases of robbery and theft decreased by around 60 percent nationwide. Second is the carnapping of motor vehicles and motorcycles, it also went down by 80 percent. Remember, one of the elements that contribute to the occurrence of crime is opportunity. And we are not giving that to them,” he said.
He, meanwhile, urged the public to follow the health standards like wearing a mask and safe physical distancing to help lessen the spread of Covid-19 cases.
“Our health and our economy cannot afford a second wave and second debilitating lockdown and thus we will enforce the new normal law in the strictest means possible to save lives particularly that of our children and the elderly,” said Gamboa. (PNA)