Police chiefs urged to perform

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013


A TOP police official warned police station chiefs in Central Visayas to intensify their operations against illegal gambling.

Supt. Paolo Labra II, head of the Regional Intelligence Division of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, said police station chiefs will have to explain what happened, or
worse, they will be relieved if found that they are not doing their job.

From March 4-11, Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) has the lowest compliance with only 9.75 percent after only four out of 41 target gambling personalities were arrested.

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Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) came second after they caught six out of 49 personalities, or a 12.25 percent compliance.

Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) ranked third with 25 percent compliance after having arrested ten out of 40 personalities.

After neutralizing two out of eight personalities, Siquijor Provincial Police Office (SPPO) had a 37.5 percent compliance.

Meanwhile, it’s a different story in Metro Cebu areas.

The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) arrested three out of four suspected gambling personalities or a 75 percent compliance.

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) came in second with 70 percent compliance after 14 out of 20 personalities were apprehended.

The Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) got a 57.14 percent compliance after four out of seven targets were caught.

Labra, in an interview, reminded all intelligence officers to be serious in their campaign against illegal gambling and take extra effort to neutralize and eradicate the illegal activity.

Senior Insp. Ma Theresa Macatangay of PRO-7, in her report, said the latest validation in Central Visayas showed a slight increase in the operation of illegal gambling.

From 298 gambling coordinators in February, it increased to 372 as of March or a 24.83 increase.

However, the number of barangays affected in Metro Cebu has decreased from 36 to 26 or a 27.8% decrease.

In the provinces, the number of affected towns and component cities also decreased from 122 to 112 or an 8.19 percent decrease.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 02, 2013.

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