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EPD launches ‘Oplan Star Wars’ vs law breakers

  • Written by Arlene Rivera
  • Published in Metro
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Eastern Police District (EPD) are targeting more arrest of wanted criminals.

This after Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, EPD director, launched a new program for policemen to easily catch or arrest persons who are wanted by law.

Sapitula explained that under the EPD’s “Oplan Star Wars” of the Warrant and Subpoena Section, a particular unit will conduct an operation armed with laptops so that suspects arrested will immediately undergo background check to determine whether they have derogatory records or outstanding warrants.

The policemen will just click on their database of court-issued warrants of arrest to check if an individual arrested during the operation is hiding from the law.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) launched the  “e-warrant” or electronic warrant system in 2012  wherein police have an access to a database of court-issued warrants of arrest to check if person has pending warrant in court.

“Madalas down ang signal ng net ng PNP so naisip ko na ilagay sa USB ’yung database ng court issued warrant of arrest ng buong EPD. So obligado ’yung warrant teams ng bawat police station na sumama sa lahat ng operations para kapag nahuli ang isang tao, kapag nakumpirma na may warrant ’yung tao, ihahain na kaagad ito sa kanya. Sa ganitong paraan, mas mapapadali ang paghuli sa wanted persons,” Sapitula told the People’s Tonight.
   
If they do not have any criminal records or standing warrants, they might be released immediately and those who do have will remain in police custody.
   
In Mandaluyong alone, three wanted persons facing various criminal offenses were nabbed during an OTBT  operation.
   
SPO4 Jose Drexell “Bong” Molina, chief of Warrant and Subpoena Section, said Ramon Solero, with carnapping charges;  Norberto Caril, of 12 Hilaga St., Bgy. Baranka Drive, with robbery charges; and Fernando Escartin, wanted for physical injuries, were nabbed during an OTBT operation in Bgy. Welfareville, Mandaluyong City, over the weekend.
   
Molina said the three  were found to have standing warrants of arrest after they conducted a background check.
   
Sapitula added that this way, it is easier for the policemen to arrest more wanted persons as part of the efforts of PNP to maintain peace and order.
   
Sapitula said the EPD recorded a total crime incidents of 2,310: first quarter -- 915; second quarter -- 702; and 3rd quarter -- 693.
   
The total crime volume fell by 23.7% or 213 from first quarter against second quarter crime incident  and 2nd quarter against 3rd quarter crime incidents decreased by 222 or 24%.