Camp Col Rafael C Rodriguez, Butuan City—— Police Brigadier General ROMEO M CARAMAT, JR, Regional Director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 reported the arrest of 255 most wanted and other wanted persons during One Time Big Time (OTBT) Implementation of Warrants of Arrest (WOA) in the region yesterday, August 30.
This is in relation to the first nationwide OTBT of the Philippine National Police under the leadership of PNP Chief, POLICE GENERAL RODOLFO S AZURIN JR.
Data from the Regional Operations Division 13 show that of the total number of those arrested, 16 are most wanted at the regional level, 29 at the provincial level, and 25 at the city and municipal level, while 185 are categorized as other wanted persons.
Meanwhile, Surigao del Sur intelligence operatives who conducted police operation as part of the OTBT thwarted an ambuscade by 10 fully armed members of the New People’s Army Guerrilla Front 30 A, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Command led by Kumander “Nico”, at Sitio Panunongan, Barangay Libas Gua, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur.
Sensing the danger of the situation, police officers accelerated their vehicle while under fire by the rebels at Sitio Cadlum, Barangay Cabangahan, Tago, Surigao del Sur, disembarked from their vehicle and proceed to a mountainous part to gain an advantage position.
The police officers remained in the area until the danger subsides and return safely to their respective station.
RD CARAMAT, JR commended the bravery and alertness of our law enforcers who, despite the large disparity in numbers, foiled the cowardly act by Communist Terrorist Group to conduct ambush and possible abduction.
“This is the result of the aggressive anti-criminality efforts of the police in Caraga to clean the region from the threats posed by wanted criminals. The active support of all stakeholders and the public has contributed greatly to achieving this success, committed to maintaining peace and order in the region,” RD CARAMAT JR concluded.
The region’s top cop vows to launch more operations in the coming days even police officers face extreme risks when giving its outmost service to the Caraganon.
Aside from the OTBT implementation of WOA, the PNP Caraga also launched the Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations yesterday that resulted in the confiscation of illegal drugs, loose firearms, explosives, arrest of suspects, and surrender of Communist Terrorist Group members.