Crime incidents in Bicol drop by 14%

Published November 12, 2019, 8:32 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Nino Luces

CAMP OLA, Albay – The Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) has recorded a 14% decrease in crime incidents from January to September, 2019 compared to the same period last year.

Brig. Gen. Anthony S. Alcañeses, PRO-5 regional director said that Bicol recorded a total of 19,453 crime incidents last year compared to only 16,730 recorded this year.

“This notable decrease in crime incident is reflective of the relentless efforts and campaigns against criminalities being conducted by PRO5,” Alcañeses said.

Alcañeses said there was also a significant decrease of 1,836 in the Peace and Order Index (POI) which is attributed to the 879 decrease in index crime volume, and 957 decrease in non-index crime volume.

“Citing our operational accomplishments, PRO-5’s campaign against illegal drugs led to the arrest of 1,090 pushers and users during the implementation of buy-bust operations and service of warrant of arrests. While 66 users and 60 pushers personally appeared and submitted themselves to the different stations in the region from January to September this year. These surrenderers and arrested persons are being assisted by the government to undergo recovery wellness program to help them in their reformation process,” he said.

Alcañeses revealed that the campaign on illegal drugs has led to the confiscation of several drug items such as 3,839 sachets of shabu with a total weight of 1,313 grams; 137 sachets of marijuana; and 53,052.33 grams of cocaine with an estimated value of P281,177,349.00.

Also confiscated were 84 firearms, 89 vehicles, and P1,032,881.50 in cash.

In the campaign against loose firearms, 516 operations were conducted which resulted in the arrest of 275 violators, confiscation or recovery of 641 firearms, and the filing of a total of 102 cases in courts.

“PNP Bicol continues to make wins in its campaign against illegal gambling with a total of 853 operations conducted, the arrest of 2,065 persons with 473 cases filed in courts and confiscation of P307, 586.00 worth of money,” he added.

Alcañeses also explained that a total of 331 persons were arrested from the 231 positive operations conducted with 119 cases filed in court. The operation further led to the confiscation of 58,106.93 board feet; 8,482 flitches; 268 sacks of charcoal; and 40 chainsaws.

In its campaign against illegal fishing, a total of 180 operations were conducted that led to the arrest of 597 violators with 61 cases filed in court. It also led to the confiscation of 1,409 assorted fish; two fishing vessels; 29 fishing boats; 69 motor boats; 14 bancas; and 40 compressors.

“PNP Bicol commits itself to bringing justice to victims of violence and crimes. PRO5 Manhunt Charlie resulted in the arrest of the 366 most wanted persons and 2,903 wanted persons. It was also able to neutralize three of the top most wanted persons with rewards. They are Ariel Tuliao, Ronnie Solero, and Joselito Naag,” Alcañeses said.