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Monday, September 16, 2019

Cops arrest 216 suspects in drug busts

ANTI-ILLEGAL drugs operations in Cagayan de Oro City conducted from January 1 until April 30 through “Oplan Lambat-Sibat” netted about P1,425,175 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” weighing about 570.07 grams and a 3.41 grams of marijuana worth P2,023 from 216 suspected illegal drugs peddlers and users, Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) records show.

Cocpo said out of the 216 arrested persons, 148 were identified as drug pushers and 68 users. Sixty-seven cases have been filed in local courts with 59 cases under preliminary investigation.

Meanwhile, the apprehension of 32 persons violating the city ordinance on traffic rules had been the top violation the residents committed by far while theft tops from among the reported crime incidents with 14 cases followed by violations on Republic Act (RA) 9262 or the Anti-violence against Women and their children with 13 cases while 11 were arrested for issuing bouncing checks and oral defamation.

Apart from “Lambat-sibat,” another nine people were arrested for illegal drugs and eight for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and physical injury, and seven cases for attempted murder.

Six were apprehended for carjacking and four persons face robbery cases, while three cases were recorded for each rape and other light threats cases, respectively.

Other crimes also recorded were qualified theft, kidnapping, serious physical injuries, arbitrary detention, libel, and trespassing.

Also, 152 city-level wanted persons were arrested on the same period.

The city police office was recently criticized for putting Cagayan de Oro on rank 5 in index crimes among the chartered cities in the country.

It can be recalled that the Philippine National Police reported a total of 383 murder cases, homicide (165); robbery (4,713); theft (20,100); carjacking (1,142); and physical injury (4,842) in the city on the period of 2010 to 2015.

Robbery and theft, among the index crimes, are usually caused by socio-economic factors like poverty and unemployment, Police Superintendent Faro Antonio Olaguera, Cocpo police chief, said when the report came out last month

Olaguera said some are also beyond the police’s control and other cases are due to people’s negligence.

Olaguera said they are doing their best to maintain peace and order in the city despite the lack of manpower.

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