SAN FERNANDO CITY – the Philippine National Police No. 3 top man has pointed out the need to intensify the defense of police stations against communist terrorists during his visit to the provincial police office here recently.
“I would like to highlight this, because we really have to strengthen the defense of our police stations, especially police units in far-flung areas. Considering the proximity of the election period, medyo tinataasan nila yong level ng pakikibaka at nanghihingi ng tinatawag na campaign fee,” Police Deputy Director General Emelito T. Sarmiento, the Deputy Chief for Operations of the Philippine National Police.
However, Sarmiento congratulated PRO1 for having no incident of communist atrocities in its jurisdiction in recent times even as he announced that there is a 20% decrease of crime incidents nationwide in the first three months of 2012 compared to the same period last year.
Sarmiento was accorded traditional arrival honors by PRO1 director Police Chief Supt. Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu and his key officers during his visit.
Sarmiento, who holds a three-star rank, 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.
Sarmiento, also the task force commander of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force, urged PRO1 to continue extending needed assistance to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in curbing the illegal drug menace. He reminded the PRO1 personnel that only regular members of Anti-Illegal Drugs Units are authorized to conduct anti-illegal drugs operations.
“I call on the unit commanders to please monitor your men, because there were some PNP units that conducted unauthorized anti-drugs operations, and now their personnel are meted with sanctions. We have to inform and remind them, especially if they are probably already involved not only in illegal drugs but in other illegal activities,” Sarmiento stressed.
Sarmiento also urged PRO1 to intensify its campaign against illegal firearms, particularly on the aggressive implementation of “Kontra Boga” and “Bilang Boga.” He pushed for the stepping up of Kontra Boga thru application of search warrants, and 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.#