APALIT -- Four suspected members of a notorious criminal group were killed in an encounter with personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Apalit Police Station on Friday dawn, June 9.
The suspects were identified as Julito Basilio, Melchor Ruz, Nestor Estabillo and one still unidentified. The suspects are allegedly members of the Basilio Criminal Group operating in Nueva Ecija and other parts of Central Luzon.
Based on the initial CIDG report, authorities were conducting a surveillance operation in Barangay Colgante in this town after a confidential tipster informed them of the possible passage of the suspects in the area.
Around 3 a.m., the four personalities on board two motorcycles were seen going towards the area but made a U-turn after seeing the checkpoint but were immediately blocked by CIDG personnel.
The suspects then immediately open fired at the authorities which prompted the latter to retaliate, resulting to the death of the four criminal group members.
Authorities recovered three caliber .45 loaded with ammunitions, one caliber .38 loaded with ammunitions, cellphones, wallets and a picture of certain Mayor Arvin Salonga with a note written at the back “Mayor Arvin Salonga 300K.”
The CIDG-Central Luzon is set to conduct further investigation on the identification of the other suspects, the scope of operation and members of Basilio group and the identification and relation of “Mayor Arvin Salonga” with the notorious gang.
9. TAGS: Crime incidents, Central Luzon, Project Double Barrel Reloaded, crime rate,
Central Luzon crime rate down 10%
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Crime incidents in Central Luzon have decreased following the launching and implementation of Project Double Barrel Reloaded since March 1.
Police Regional Office-Central Luzon Director Aaron Aquino said a total of 13,591 crime incidents were recorded in March to May 2016 prior to the implementation of Project Double Barrel Reloaded while from March to May of this year, the crimes index reached 2,250 (42 homicides, 203 murders, 546 cases of physical injuries, 416 robberies, 582 thefts and 242 carnapping/motornapping), which is 19 percent lower.
The decrease in crime incidents can be attributed to the stern implementation of Project Double Barrel Reloaded.
Honest crime reporting of police stations, continuous PCR activities that is situational driven approach and good working relationship of the police in the community also add up to the decrease of crimes, said Aquino.
Also, a total of 1,750 anti- illegal drug operations were conducted with the arrest of 2,757 suspects (1,909 pushers/users and 848 pushers) and confiscation of 14.309 kilos of marijuana and 2.609 kilos of shabu.
Aquino said “Despite the effectiveness of our Project Double Barrel Reloaded, we should not be complacent and should keep our eyes always open against lawless elements and their activities. Crime prevention is a 24-hour task and is a serious business to be handled by us in the law enforcement.” (Ric Sapnu)
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on June 10, 2017.
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