more aggressive “Sibat” (spear) operations are the Philippine National Police’s tactic to arrest more most wanted persons in Metro Manila and the rest of the country this year, PNP chief Director General Ricardo C. Marquez said yesterday.
Last year, the PNP reorganized and revitalized the functions and scope of its Intelligence Task Group in Greater Manila Area aimed at areesting wanted criminals in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) regions.
As a result, the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Director Joel D. Pagdilao arrested 253 out of its 440 target criminals. Gen. Marquez said the NCRPO also arrested 259 out of the 440 most wanted drug personalities in the metropolis.
On the other hand, the Police Regional Office 4-A under Chief Supt. Richard A. Albano arrested 486 out of the 1,322 wanted men on their list and 90 other most wanted criminal gangs members out of the 313 they identified last year in Calabarzon region.
Meanwhile, the PRO3 headed by Chief Supt. Rudy G. Lacadin said they arrested 545 of the identified 1,344 most wanted persons in Central Luzon. The Central Luzon police in 2015 also hauled to jail 38 of the 278 identified criminal gang members and 352 top illegal drug personalities in the region.
“One by one, they (wanted criminals) are falling like domino pieces,” said Pagdilao, as he credited the growing number of arrests to the “whole of PNP approach.” Pagdilao said they have proven the success of the campaign in the metropolis and thus, need to sustain its gains in order to continue the steady decrease of crime incidents in Metro Manila this year.
Last year, NCRPO agents captured over 200 most wanted persons all under the watch list they have prepared.
Pagdilao said the progress of their focused “Oplan: Lambat-Sibat” operations in the metropolis where seven “priority crimes” are continuing to register a downtrend.