Shabu worth P500M seized; 4,300 drug personalities nabbed in CV
PRO-7 exec shares first quarter achievements of police in Region 7
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Some 4,300 drug personalities have been arrested and nearly P500 million worth of suspected shabu has been confiscated in Central Visayas in the first quarter of 2023.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Ace Pelare, spokesperson for the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), said that the arrests and amount of illegal drugs confiscated would be considered a big achievement of the police in the region.
From shabu to illegal gambling
Pelare said in a press briefing on August 8 that the 4,300 drug personalities caught from January to March this year, were just among the 17,000 individuals arrested in different police operations in the region.
He said that PRO-7 policemen also arrested 7,000 individuals who were caught engaging in illegal gambling in the first quarter.
Some 5,008 individuals were arrested after they were served warrants of arrest during that period.
From shabu to illegal possession of firearms
Meanwhile, 510 persons were arrested for possession of illegal firearms while 10,000 illegally possessed firearms were also confiscated.
“Kining pagkadakop aning mga tawhana, naka-prevent pod ta og further shooting incidents.” said Pelare.
(With the arrests of these persons, we are also preventing further shooting incidents.)
Moreover, regarding the upcoming elections this October, the PRO-7 has also started preparing for security measures.
The PRO-7 has already identified the candidates who can receive possible threats to prevent any unlikely outcome in the elections.
PRO-7, however, is still assessing the areas of concern.
Pelare emphasized that the public should not be worried about the areas of concern since it was based on previous elections such as election-related incidents, political rivalry, and among others.
“So far, [for] our assessment, everything is good. But the assessment will be updated as we close to the election period,” said Pelare.| via Mariele Ocubillo, CTU Intern
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