LINGAYEN -- The police provincial command arrested 2,560 persons involved in different violations or offenses from January to December 30, 2009.

National Police Chief Jesus Verzosa earlier reported that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has arrested about 41,858 persons natoinwide who violated the various laws last year.

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Pangasinan Police Provincial Director Percival Barba said that of the total, 880 wanted persons were arrested by virtue of warrants of arrest issued by different courts while 1,680 were warrantless arrests.

The biggest number of arrests made with arrest warrants happened on July with 103 wanted persons captured. The police recorded the most number of warrantless arrests on October with 222.

Included in the list of arrested persons were Dennis Serquina and Jose Warlito Rodriguito, members of the ill-famed Alvin Flores Gang that robbed the Rolex Store in Greenbelt, Makati last October 2009.

There was also American fugitive Joseph Aldan Arriola who was arrested in Barangay Botao, Sta. Barbara at a house he and his girlfriend were staying.

Meanwhile, all the suspects in the kidnapping of the grandson of Mangaldan Mayor Herminio Romero were arrested separately.

Barba acknowledged that informations on the whereabout of persons hiding from the law helps the police a lot putting these wanted persons behind bars.

He said he keeps a monthly record of arrested persons to keep track on the accomplishment of each police unit in the province in the campaign against lawless elements. (LCMY/Sunnex)