Commended by “Bato”

TACLOBAN CITY- For a “snappy performance” on Project Tokhang and New Year revelry, Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa extended his congratulations to the police personnel here in the region headed by Chief Supt. Elmer Beltejar.
Beltejar received the warm message from de la Rosa through a text message on January 1.
The national director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP) texted Beltejar to congratulate him and the entire regional police force “for the successful and peaceful celebration of New Year and the supervision of Project Tokhang.”
Based on PNP national data, from December 9 to 31 last year, 8,104 drug personalities turned themselves in across the country.
In the region, more than 30,000 drug users and pushers voluntarily surrendered before law enforcers under “Oplan Tokhang.”
Bato also lauded the police for the generally peaceful situation in the communities while the people were gathered to welcome the New Year.
In the region, the PNP had zero incident of firecracker- related death.
However, about six individuals were injured.
A farmer, Antonio Linga, 33 and a resident of Barangay Uguis in Mahaplag, Leyte, was arrested after he fired his caliber 38 revolver during New Year’s Eve.
The suspect was immediately arrested and is now detained at the Mahaplag police station. He would be charged for indiscriminate firing.
Beltejar in appreciation of this praise from Chief PNP Bato, commended all the PNP personnel especially the chiefs of police for a job well done in the implementation of Ligtas Paskuhan which likewise recorded zero on victim of stray bullets.
As of 12:00 noon of January 1, the PNP Regional Office here recorded a total of 18 law enforcement operations conducted in line with the implementation of RA 7138 which regulates the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics and one joint inspection with concerned government and non-government agencies.
The police regional chief also extended his gratitude to the public for their support and cooperation to police officers attributing to it the effectiveness and efficiency of police work. (EILEEN NAZARENO-