Some 49 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Caraga have surrendered to authorities, the Police Regional Office in Caraga Region (PRO-13) said on Sunday.
PRO-13 conducted a Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operation (SACLEO) in the region on Saturday that also resulted in the arrest of 376 law violators.
Of the 376 law violators arrested, 196 were wanted persons, 22 were nabbed over illegal drugs, 28 for loose firearms, and 130 for the illegal logging, fishing, and gambling.
A total of 217 assorted firearms composed of 14 light weapons and 203 small arms, as well as 10 explosives, were confiscated during the implementation of 35 search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
Likewise, a total of 12 search warrants for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were also served in 10 buy-bust operations that resulted in the confiscation of 227.601 grams of shabu and 33.4 grams of marijuana with a total estimated value of P1.552 million.
“The overwhelming success of the recently concluded SACLEO is attributed to the strong commitment and determination of every Caraga police in serving and protecting the country and the people,” PRO-13 director Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat said in a press statement on Sunday.
He also assured the residents of Caraga Region that operations against criminals and law violators and the accounting of loose firearms in the region will continue.
“PRO-13 will continue to intensify its anti-criminality operations especially now that the 2022 election is fast approaching. Caraga police will take all the necessary measures for the public to exercise their right to suffrage freely and peacefully,” Caramat said.