Police step up ops vs. criminals, terrorism

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - (Rhoda Grace Saron)

DAVAO CITY - The regional police force said it has stepped up operations against motorcycle-riding criminals and terrorism in the region as part of its intensified campaign to protect the public.

Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, the regional police chief, said “on law enforcement, we are going after motorcycle-riding suspects and pursuing investigation of all drug-related homicide cases which are still pending in the region.”

For now, he said there is no particular group identified who are behind the motorcycle-riding suspects. “Most of these are random suspects in murder and homicide who just use motorcycles because of the swift get away to evade patrols, checkpoints and dragnet operations,” he said.

In a separate interv i e w, Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum, the city police chief, said that a regional coordinating conference was held recently at the Public Safety and Security Command Center, and discussed anti- terrorism clearing operations.

He said “Oplan Bulabog” – which began following President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration in May - is being conducted weekly to ensure that Davao City is safe from terrorists. Since then, more than 1,800 people had been profiled and resulted in the arrest of wanted persons.

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