National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar stressed yesterday that there would be no let-up in the anti-drugs and criminality drive of police units under him all over Metro Manila.
“In wiping out crimes and illegal drugs, we’ll continue to be all-out in helping local government units implement their ordinances. After all, we all have the same goal which is to make the streets of our country safe,” Eleazar said.
The various police districts under Eleazar’s command have been staging daily, simultaneous anti-crime law enforcement operations (SACLEO) with precinct-by-precinct reports on encounters and arrests.
But Eleazar said the police need the full support and cooperation of the public in putting criminals behind bars and in fostering discipline among citizens in not running afoul even with minor charges.
He said public vigilance is also critical in ridding the police ranks of bad eggs that taint the entire organization even if the majority of cops are true to their oath and calling to “serve and protect.”
This week, Eleazar sent two cops accused of beating up a boy in Pasig City and of threatening a man in San Juan to a moral ascendancy retraining course.
Meanwhile, in the daily SACLEO, ordinance violators like those caught drinking, smoking or shirtless in public form the majority of those arrested in Metro Manila.
The NCRPO chief also urged the public to be always mindful of criminal elements in their midst. Crime data analysis tends to show that most offenses are “crimes of opportunity,” including robbery and muggings.
Still, the Philippine National Police’s internal cleansing does not start and end in filing administrative and criminal charges against rogue cops, said Eleazar.
He said cleanliness for policemen begins not only at home but also in their respective precincts and base of operations.
Eleazar said it is a must for all police officers to be clean in all aspects most, especially the surrounding of their precincts, including the 187 police community precincts in Metro Manila.
The police general said he and his officers have been making the rounds of police precincts to ensure they are clean and that policemen manning them are always on their toes to respond immediately to calls for assistance.
In the SACLEO conducted by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), one of five districts comprising the NCRPO, 1,317 violators of laws and city ordinances were rounded up within a 24-hour period ending at 5 a.m. of 10 July.
QCPD chief Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel said those accosted were either issued ordinance violation receipts or mandated to render community service.
In Pasig City late Tuesday evening, a male vendor, Glenn Ian Ciballos, 41 was arrested in a buy-bust operation along Ilaya Street in Barangay Buting.
The suspect, identified as Glenn Ian Ciballos, 41, was arrested for selling four sachets of suspected shabu. Police operatives recovered P200 used as buy-bust money.
The suspect is now detained at Pasig City custodial facility facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
–With Neil Escober