MEMBERS of the Police Regional Office 4-B headed by Chief Superintendent Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. are proving that Mimaropa region is really no safe haven for criminals, going all-out to account for them in order to keep the streets safe round-the-clock, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
During the 1st month alone as PRO4-B director of Apolinario, a total of 571 persons wanted for drugs and other criminal offenses were hauled to jail by the Mimaropa police. Two other armed drug trafficking suspects were also killed in gun battles with local police anti-narcotics operatives.
Focusing on Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde’s present thrust against criminality, drugs and corruption, PRO4-B operatives buckled down to work across the Mimaropa region since Apolinario took his office last September 11 and made the huge anti-crime accomplishments.
“We’re seeing to it that wanted criminals and drug personalities in Mimaropa region won’t have an easy time to perpetrate their illegal activities with the presence of tracker teams and anti-narcotics agents continuously going after them, the official said of their ongoing operations in the provinces of Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.
The PRO4-B is also continuously partnering with the Armed Forces in its effort to suppress all threats posed by the New People’s Army in the region specifically in the forthcoming 2019 mid-term elections. Apolinario said apart from going after partisan armed groups, loose firearms and guns-for-hire in the region, they also want to stop the NPA from continuing their collection of so-called ‘Permit-to-Campaign-Fees’ from candidates wishing to venture in their areas once the campaign period starts next January.
A member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987, Apolinario said from September 11 to October 11, his men arrested 55 known drug personalities in the region, 3 of them tagged as ‘high-value targets’ while the rest were newly-identified drug dealers.
On Saturday last week, a Mimaropa region-wide anti-criminality operation led in the killing of an armed drug trafficking suspect identified as Marlon Calica during a gunbattle with undercover officers and the arrest of 16 others, Apolinario said.
Oriental Mindoro police director, Senior Supt. Thomas Frias Jr. said his men recovered a chamber-loaded caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing several live ammunition, 12 pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and a marked P1,000 bill from the possession of the slain suspect.
Last Wednesday, a suspected drug trafficker in Puerto Princesa City was killed in a shootout with undercover officers who tried to arrest him after he sold shabu to a poseur.
Apolinario said suspect Jeffrey Orbiso alias’ Diva’ had just sold a plastic packet containing suspected shabu to an undercover agent along Paduga Road in Barangay Sta. Monica when he sensed he was being entrapped and immediately drew a concealed caliber .38 revolver and fired a shot at the lawman but missed.
He said that the cop was forced to return fire in self-defense.
Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession were a loaded cal. .38 revolver, two heat-sealed plastic sachets containing some P31,000 worth of suspected shabu and P1,200 in marked bills paid to him by the poseur.
Another ‘HVT’ identified as Wilberto Ramos, a 39-year old employee of the Dangay Port in Oriental Mindoro residing in Bgy. Dangay, Roxas municipality was arrested in a buy-bust operation two Sundays ago, the official said.
Apolinario said they have also recorded a remarkable decrease of 29 or 20 percent of the index crime rate in the region or from 146 during the same period last year to only 117 this year and an increase in their crime solution efficiency rating from 64.95 percent to 66.73 percent.
The official said that among those arrested during the period were 13 most wanted persons in the region, a number of them wanted for rape, acts of lasciviousness, child abuse, theft, murder and direct assault.
He added that they also apprehended 57 illegal fishermen and confiscated 12 motor bancas and various illegal fishing gears and equipment including compressors and blasting caps. The local police also seized 8 assorted unlicensed firearms and a hand grenade during anti-crime operations in the region.