Lanao Sur police operations yield 26 arrests, 1 dead and various firearms

By Philippine Muslim Today

MARAWI CITY

Twenty-six suspects were arrested, and one was killed in a Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO) conducted by Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office (LDSPPO) on Monday, June 28, 2021.

Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Director Police Colonel Rex O. Derilo said in a statement furnished the Philippine Muslim Today that the SACLEO launching in the province was in line with the directive of the Regional Director of Police Regional Office – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR) Police Brigadier General Eden T. Ugale.

Derilo said, “The SACLEO concept is a one-day intel-driven police operations effected by the Provincial Police Offices and the lone City Police Office under PRO BAR. In the same concept, various units and municipal stations focused their efforts on operations against Illegal Drug Trade, Illegal Gambling Operations, Proliferation of Loose Firearms, Arrest of Wanted Persons.”

He said LDSPPO has a total of 20 SACLEOs, which yielded a total of 26 arrests and one dead after the suspect chose to fight it out with the authorities in Balabagan, Lanao del Sur.

Derilo said, “15 firearms of various caliber were seized: five M16 rifles, one cal .30 Garand rifle, one M14 rifle, one M1 Carbine rifle, one UZ Machine Pistol, five caliber 45 pistols, one cal 38 revolver, six Rifle Grenades, two rounds 40 mm High Explosives, ammunitions of various caliber, and one IED.”

He said the anti-drugs operations resulted in the arrest of nine offenders, and the confiscation of 205.632 grams of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, otherwise known as “Shabu,” with a total street market value of over Php 1.7 Million. On efforts against wanted persons, seven suspects with standing warrants for various crimes were arrested.

The success of the SACLEO in Lanao del Sur can be attributed to the cooperation of the Maranaos, who are now actively providing the police the much-needed information related to criminality in their communities.

However, this PPO extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved family of the individual who died during the police operation. “I encourage the people to continue supporting your police force and inciting more people to do the same,” added Derilo.

“Let us aim for a peaceful and progressive province by being obedient to the laws. Your PNP in tandem with your AFP will maintain its drive of relentlessly running after the local terrorist group, communist insurgents, and other forms of lawlessness. We will continue to Intensify our Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operation and be consistent in our similar efforts to maintain law and order in the province of Lanao del Sur,” Derilo said. (PR)

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