SIX most wanted persons were among the people arrested by personnel of Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) in operations conducted from July 10 to 16, 2023, an official said Wednesday, July 19.
In a press briefing Wednesday, City Director Police Colonel Elmer Lim said they arrested on July 11 the eighth most wanted person in the city, Ramon Ignacio Tampus Jr., 25, a resident of Barangay Pajac, for illegal drugs charges.
Gilbert Berdon Jumao-as, 48, from Babag II, Lapu-Lapu City, was also nabbed on the same day. He was considered the ninth most wanted person in Lapu-Lapu.
The third most wanted, Arnel Relativo Sumayang, 36, a resident of Barangay Basak, was also nabbed on July 11 and charged with two counts of rape.
Ronilo Labra Pulvera, alias "Longlong," the fourth most wanted person, was arrested in Barangay Mactan for selling and obtaining illegal drugs also on July 11.
Another wanted person, Lucrisio Tumanan Ruiz Jr., 22, a resident of Barangay Marigondon, was nabbed in Barangay Agus also on July 11.
Ruiz was identified as the fifth most wanted person.
Meanwhile, Maria Carmel Ybañez Alison, 53, of Barangay Pajo, surrendered to the police headquarters in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City on July 12.
Alison was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of acts of lasciviousness. Her victims were also women.
Lim said that the LLCPO has charged a total of 2,999 persons for violating local ordinances from July 10-16, 2023.
He said that 1,619 people were also charged for violating traffic ordinances, adding that there were 30 people who were issued Temporary Operator's Permit.
A total of 148 minors were found violating curfew.
The LLCPO also recorded 316 persons who were caught dressing half naked in streets, while there 18 cases for urinating, littering, dumping garbage and spitting in public places.
Drinking and smoking in prohibited and public places, and using karaoke beyond allowed time recorded 861 counts, while seven cases were marked unclassified.
Lim said that around 1,723 cases were fined accordingly, allowing the LLCPO to collect P993,500 in fee charges.
Anti-illegal drug operations
Also from July 10 to 16, the Lapu-Lapu City police conducted a total of 12 anti-illegal drug operations.
Sixteen persons tagged as street level individuals (SLI) were arrested and a total of 81.32 grams of shabu were seized.
As for the anti-illegal gambling operations, the LLCPO has so far conducted eight operations that resulted in the arrest of eight people.
Two persons were also arrested for illegal possession of firearms, while two have surrendered.
Lim said they will continue to intensify their operations to reduce crime and eliminate disorder in Lapu-Lapu.
He said they have coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), local officials and other law enforcement units and partner agencies to ensure a relentless campaign against all forms of criminality.
“Nanawagan ko pa balik-balik nga tabangan nato ang atong mga kapulisan ug gobyerno, nga atong mga turista o foreigner’s na ma biktima sa krimen, kay tungod sila ang nakatabang og dako sa atoang economiya,” said Lim. (CNU intern Judie Liza Alantoson and UP intern Chrys Chelsea Bernales)