A total of 379 individuals have been arrested in Makati City during police operations in line with the government’s crackdown against suspected drug dealers and other criminal elements.
Mayor Abigail Binay commended the local police department for its effective day-and-night anti-crime operations since last May that resulted in the arrest of 117 suspects for illegal drugs, 177 for illegal gambling, and 85 persons with standing warrants of arrest.
Binay praised Makati City police station chief Senior Supt. Rogelio Simon for the remarkable outcome of the intensified street patrols and crime prevention measures that have been implemented since he took his post last May 10.
“On behalf of the people of Makati, I thank our chief of police for making a serious effort to keep our streets and communities safe by keeping a tight watch on criminal elements and illegal activities,” she said.
The city chief executive also underscored the importance of cracking down on petty offenses, such as playing “cara y cruz” (coin toss) on the streets, as these can spawn more serious crimes like illegal drugs if left unchecked.
In the past two months, the Makati police conducted 64 anti-illegal drugs operations leading to the arrest of 117 drug personalities and confiscation of around P48,000 worth of prohibited substance, including methamphetamine hydrochloride, popularly known as shabu.
A total of 52 anti-illegal gambling operations were also conducted that resulted in the apprehension of 177 offenders, of whom 52 adults have been charged.
The authorities were able to serve a total of 101 Warrants of Arrests which resulted in the apprehension of 88 named accused, including Makati’s Top 10 Most Wanted, Jose Marri Salvacion. He was nabbed last May 19 in Barangay Rizal after trying to evade a checkpoint.
Cases solved by the local police during the said period included 12 cases of Robbery, two Homicide, nine Physical Injury, 25 Theft, one Rape, one Illegal Detention, one Illegal Possession of Firearms, one Fencing, and one Pilferage.
Last month, the city government of Makati turned over a total of 26 brand new patrol vehicles to the Makati police department, including 18 units of Mitsubishi Strada and eight units of Toyota Avanza.
To further improve mobility during operations, motorcycles will soon be provided to the city police to facilitate patrol operations in narrow streets and alleys and to speed up response to crimes in progress especially during rush hour traffic.
Mayor Binay said the city government will also provide body cameras to the city police to entail a level of transparency and fair resolution and to both protect the law enforcers and civilians in the city.