Shooting incidents in Region 9 down by 45.71%

Published March 22, 2019, 5:31 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Police Regional Office in Zamboanga pen­insula (PRO-9) on Friday announced that the number of shooting incidents in the region went down by at least 45.71 percent as compared to last year covering the same period from January to February.

PRO-9 Director Police Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup said a total of 40 shooting incidents were regis­tered in the region from January to February of 2019, lower by about 45.71 percent compared to 72 shooting in­cidents that were posted during the same period in 2018.

Licup said the decrease in the shooting incidents posted in 2019 at­tributed to the regular police check­points and police visibility in most hot spots in the region.

The stepped-up operations against gun-for-hire group across the region also led to the decline in the number of shooting incidents.

Licup noted that out of 40 shooting incidents from January to Febru­ary this year, 16 were attributed to gun for hire.

He emphasized that the intensi­fied law enforcement operations against illegal drugs have contrib­uted much to the decrease in the shooting incidents registered this year region-wide.

Licup also lauded policemen in the region for their remarkable effort that led to the decrease.