TAGBILARAN CITY – Is the province of Bohol becoming a “rest and recreation” or a hideout of the hoodlums? This came following police report that 22 wanted persons were arrested last month alone based on their respective warrants of arrest while 10 others surrendered. But there was no explanation from the PPOC if the province is indeed the favorite sanctuary of the alleged criminals.
This surfaced during the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting on Tuesday presided over by Gov. Edgar Chatto at the governor’s mansion.Meanwhile, police bared that a total of 10 firearms were confiscated during several operations in January 2015 and these were considered as unlicensed. There were two (2) high-powered and 8 low-powered guns as a result of 8 operations conducted during the same period. With these, six cases were filed in court against four suspects.
It was not immediately known if the handgun used in the slaying last Saturday of radio broadcaster Engr. Maurito Lim was on of those loose firearms. One of the highlights of the police report is the campaign against illegal gambling that netted 7 suspects arrested after three operations conducted and corresponding four cases were filed in court.
A total of eight (8) shooting incidents took place in the towns. Five of these happened in second district in the town of Talibon, Inabanga, Trinidad and Ubay during the same period. The other took place in Jagna, Loon and this city.
The police headed by provincial director Col Dennis Palo Agustin said that it conducted and it intends to conduct more synchronized checkpoints “utilizing all units in coordination with Highway Patrol Group and Land Transportation Office under “Manman Kalsada.”
At the same time it is implementing the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) with the revisiting the proper procedures in conducting patrol.
It also expanded what it called “ATAK9,” which stands for Adopt and Train a K9 program in the towns where the suspected illegal drugs entries are detected, police said. (rvo)