CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO, San Fernando, La Union May 9 (PIA) — Police Deputy Director General Emelito T. Sarmiento, the Deputy Chief for Operations and 3rd highest man of the Philippine National Police, lauded the Region 1 police for having no incident of communist atrocities in its jurisdiction last year.
During his recent visit at the Police Regional Office 1 here, Sarmiento pointed out the need to intensify defense of police stations, especially police units in far-flung areas against communist rebels.
“Considering the proximity of the election period, they have slightly leveled-up their defense and are collecting a so-called campaign fee”, he said.
During the event which was led by PRO1 Director Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu and his key officers, General Sarmiento happily announced that there is a 20 percent decrease of crime incidents nationwide in the first quarter of 2012, according to PRO1 Regional Public Information Office Chief Police Superintendent Raul S. Romero.
Romero said that Sarmiento gave emphasis on the PNP’s present operational guidelines, particularly on anti-illegal gambling and anti-illegal drugs.
On anti-illegal gambling, he pointed out the PNP’s strict implementation of validation procedures in various places where illegal numbers games allegedly operate, citing the case of Camarines Sur where three chiefs of police and the provincial director were relieved following a positive validation.
“This is to remind you of the guidelines of National Headquarters on the one-strike-policy pertaining to anti-illegal gambling,” he added.
General Sarmiento, also being the Commander of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force, encouraged the region 1 police to continue providing assistance to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in curbing the illegal drug menace.
Relative to this, he reminded the local police that only regular members of Anti-Illegal Drugs Units are authorized to conduct anti-illegal drug operations and called on all the unit commanders to keep an eye/monitor their men as there were some incidences of unauthorized anti-drug operations where some PNP units were involved and have been meted sanctions.
Sarmiento also stressed that the key to prevent them from such is to always inform and remind their men especially if there are probabilities of involvement not just in illegal drugs but also in other illegal activities.
The official also touched on the campaign against illegal firearms, particularly on the aggressive implementation of “Kontra Boga” and “Bilang Boga.”
He pushed for the stepping up of Kontra Boga through the application of search warrants, sustained conduct of “Oplan Sita” and checkpoint operations, and the continuous carrying out of Bilang Boga, which includes the accounting of all registered firearms, including those issued to or owned by PNP personnel. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1, La Union with reports from PRO1