Over 2,000 persons arrested due to various offenses
TACLOBAN CITY – About 2,193 persons were arrested across the region on various operations conducted by the police authorities covering the period of February 1 to May 15.
The arrests of these persons, including 12 alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA), were by virtue of their ‘step up’ operations against those who have committed crimes, B/Gen. Bernard Banac, the police regional director, said.
“Let us continue to do well in our mandated tasks as law enforcers of the land,” the police regional director said, reminding police officers during a  command conference held last May 27 attended by other top police officers in the region.
Based on the record from the regional police regional office, 180 who are listed on the top 10 most wanted persons in the region were arrested while 490 others who were considered as among the other most wanted in the provincial, city, or municipal levels were also arrested.
Also in the same period, 80 illegal gun owners were also arrested which resulted in the recovery of 790 unlicensed firearms.
The same report also disclosed that 129 individuals engaging in the illegal drug trade were also arrested who were found to be in possession of 25,310,64 grams of the illegal drug of shabu or marijuana with a total street value of P1.64 million.
It also disclosed that 330 individuals were also arrested in the same period who were engaging in the illegal fishing with fishing products with a total worth of P 16.07 million were confiscated from them.
Also, 150 individuals were also apprehended for illegal logging activities with P2.87 million worth of confiscated lumber/forest products.
In the campaign against illegal gambling, 834 were arrested with a total of P274, 431 bet money seized from them.
Meantime, the campaign against insurgency, the regional office recorded 29 NPA members voluntarily surrendered to the police authorities while 12 others were arrested.
About 36 firearms and explosives were also confiscated from these rebels.