PRO1 intensifies drive vs motorcycle riding criminals and private armed groups

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO- The Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) headed by Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, regional director, has further intensified its continuing campaign against motorcycle-riding suspected criminals and Private Armed Groups operating in Region 1 as part of the preparation for the upcoming 2013 elections.

Bucayu said PRO1 has drawn its implementing plans to enhance campaign for the identification and arrest of riding-in-tandem suspects and PAG members.

Based on report, the continuous police initiated operation against motorcycle riding criminals from January to June of this year resulted to the arrest of 22 perpetrators.

On the campaign against PAGs, PRO1 has arrested nine members as a result of intensified service of warrants.

Bucayu also stated that they intensified the conduct of intelligence-driven checkpoint thru Project “Lambat” and strictly implement the Anti-Helmet Law.

“We also sustain the deployment of Motorcycle Anti-Street Crimes Operatives (MASCO) and build a continuous inter-agency coordination and accounting of unregistered and stolen motorcycles,” Bucayu added.

Bucayu further stated that the Armed Forces of the Philippines- Northern Luzon Command (AFP-NOLCOM) and PRO1 created an oversight committee against PAGs in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs) purposely to dismantle PAGs within the region.

Bucayu said proactive and reactive approach will be applied through IMPLAN 22-2012 which is already in place.

“Without firing even a single shot, we can persuade the suspected PAGs and other armed individuals to surrender their firearms by adapting the Anti-PAGs Program implemented by the Provinces of Ilocos Norte and Abra,” Bucayu added.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos issued Executive Order Number 22-10 that constituted a Provincial Anti-Private Armed Group Task Force to identify and prosecute PAGs, gun-for-hire and other organized crime groups operating in the province.

In Abra politicians met and agreed to surrender their firearms with or without license to the police for safekeeping.

“A resolution on this matter will also be endorsed by the Regional Peace Order Council (RPOC) Region 1 to the provincial governors for the adoption of said EO,” Bucayu said.

Bucayu further ordered status check of licensed firearms issued to individuals especially politicians, account, monitor, and supervise the security detail of politicians and other authorized personalities and the immediate downloading of police personnel to the police provincial offices to beef-up the strength of police on the ground.

He also instructed PPOs to initiate meetings with the Leagues of Barangay in their level to iron out issues and concerns on peace and order among other matters as he  wants every policeman assigned to the barangays to frequently visit their assigned place, and give their calling cards to concerned officials, and actively involve in various activities in the barangay.#