CLOSE to 250 persons were arrested Monday night, Jan. 17, 2022 during “Oplan Bulabog” — a police anti-criminality campaign to strictly enforce the people’s compliance with health protocols and the curfew in Cebu City.

The operation jointly conducted by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and the Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement (Probe) team involved 100 policemen and Probe members in random inspections of establishments in the city especially at night.

Led by Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) chief Col. Ernesto Tagle and Probe head Raquel Arce, the operation netted 248 persons who were mostly caught inside bars violating the 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew.

Lt. Col. Janette Rafter, CCPO operations chief, said 235 of those arrested were of legal age while 13 were minors.

Rafter said they are now intensifying “Oplan Bulabog” due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the city with more than 600 persons recorded positive of the coronavirus on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.

“Covid cases shot up the other day, and we cannot afford to allow this to happen. We are doing this for all of us,” Rafter said in Cebuano.

During the operation, some of the 343 business establishments inspected by the group were issued show cause orders by the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) for serving liquor to their customers even during the curfew hours.

Tagle said “Oplan Bulabog” will be conducted daily until police see an improvement in the people’s compliance with health protocols and the city’s curfew after many residents have notably relaxed and disregarded government rules on health and safety following Typhoon Odette (Rai). (TPT)