LINGAYEN-Notwithstanding several high profile crimes remaining unresolved, Senior Superintendent Isagani Nerez, police provincial director, assured that the crime situation in the province in stable and manageable.
Reporting before the Provincial Development Council meeting Monday presided by Governor Amado Espino Jr., Nerez said “the number of crimes decreased by 114 in the first quarter this year against the same period last year.”
However, he admitted that crime solution efficiency for the period was lower by three percentage points at 89% from 92% during the period in review.
Nerez said, the police have continuously conducted operations against organized crime groups that resulted in the neutralization of 26 personalities engaged in robbery, hold up, gun-for-hire, cattle rustling, car theft and drug trade.
In the campaign against illegal gambling, the police conducted 43 operations that led to the arrest of 68 persons filing of 25 cases in court.
On loose firearms, 25 positive operations were carried out netting 18 persons with corresponding cases filed in court.
Meanwhile, he described the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) is now a ‘spent force’, no longer a “potent force”, in Western Pangasinan.
He said that while there are still 10 barangays considered to be insurgent affected and 62 threatened barangays in the western and eastern parts, the “mainstream” operating in the province has not been able to recover territories they previously held.
The Marxist Leninist Party of the Philippines/Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (MLPP/RHB) or Rejectionist Group, according to Nerez, has also lost influence.
Nerez attributed the loss of the group’s influence partly to the activities conducted by the Police Community Relation (PCR) teams, which include feeding programs and medical/dental mission among others.#