Police admit increase in crimes

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Saturday, December 29, 2012


THE POLICE Regional Office–Cordillera Director Benjamin Magalong recently admitted an increase in the volume of the committed crimes this year.s

He said the 2011 crime record is lower than 2012’s statistics where an increase was noted in the region.

Apart from the recorded crimes this year, the chief said there are hidden crimes which are not reported properly by police officers just to maintain a good name in their stations.

However, Magalong revealed despite the increase, the loose firearms in Abra decreased by 47 percent while the private armed groups (PAGs) also decreased.

He added the PAGs were lessened from 87 in 2011 to 36 this year. Only 17 were recorded as potential members of PAGs in Abra.

Abra Provincial Police Director and the Commander of the Regional Special Operation Task Group, Supt. Roberto Soriano, said during past operations, they focused on monitoring PAGs, loose firearms, expired firearms, and were able to arrest some individuals under the list of wanted persons.

Police surveillance is still ongoing in seven towns of Abra which are considered hot spot of loose firearms and PAGs’ ‘breeding’ site.

In Kalinga, the number of PAGs also decreased because of continuous arrests of members and even leaders of the groups.

Magalong attributed the decrease of PAGs in Kalinga on the increasing arrests of wanted persons in the province. He added his personnel are continuously watching Balbalan, Pinukpuk and Rizal towns.

Baguio City Police Director Jesus Cambay said they are strengthening their ‘Oplan Paskwa’ which aims to reduce the rise of crimes in the city this yuletide season.

He said surveillance is ongoing on the different Roman Catholic churches and other churches for the protection of the community and tourists.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 29, 2012.

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