In a press conference, Police Provincial Director Danildo said, “For the past couple of months, my command was alarmed of the involvement of organized criminal and armed group who originated from this province in their involvement in a series of criminal acts in the neighboring provinces and cities.”
He added, this includes the robbery incidents at J Mall in Mandaue City which was perpetrated by the Sub-group of the Dragon Francisco Criminal Group, the Martillo gang led by Glenn Tayrus aka Ompoy from Tangu City and the Libertad Shootout involving three criminals who are members of the Martilyo gang from Ozamiz City armed with high power firearms under a certain Epok Gabisan.
With the dreaded criminal gangs coming from the cities of Ozamiz and the neighboring towns in the province, Tumanda directed all field commanders to intensify the conduct of relentless police operations against those people who are possessing unlicensed firearms and explosives including criminals, wanted persons and law violators.
As a result, Misamis Occidental PPO was able to carry our six search warrants of arrest resulting in the arrest of five suspects and the recovery of five assorted firearms and four explosives.
On the neutralization of drug personalities, the police provincial office apprehended eight suspects during buy bust operations, four suspects apprehended incidental to lawful arrest, one suspect apprehended in flagrante delecto and one during the service of warrant of arrest.
On wanted persons, PPO arrested 14 most wanted persons and 102 other wanted persons for two months alone, thus making Misamis Occidental PPO as one of the top performers in the entire region in terms of neutralization of wanted persons.
On illegal gambling, PPO apprehended 34 violators of PD 1602 as amended by RA 9287 and a total of 761 individuals were accosted for violations of local ordinances all over the province.
In summary, a total of 146 police operations were conducted on the different offenses and violations of the law which resulted in the arrest of 933 individuals/ suspects for the span of two months’ period.
Tumanda said, “Our campaign against loose firearms and explosive will continue in Ozamiz City. More police operations will be conducted and more Search Warrants will be implemented in order to rid this city of unlicensed firearms, explosives and criminals.” (SMRN/PIA10)