3,000 cops mobilized as PRO 13 takes a close watch on 42 towns in Caraga region

January 24, 2010 1:38 pm 

CAMP RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City, Jan. 24 — At least 3,000 maneuvering and territorial police forces were mobilized as the Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) closely watches over 42 towns under Category 1 and Category 2 in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region), police official said Sunday.

These areas have also been involved in some election-related incidents in the 2004 and 2007 elections.

Category 1 means the area has an intense political rivalry while Category 2 means the area has the presence of the terror groups like communist-New People’s Army and crime group, said PRO 13 chief of operation and plans division Senior Supt. Nestor M. Fajura.

“We are still evaluating and validating some areas,” he said

Based on the directive of Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan, regional director of PRO 13, Senior Supt. Fajura said at least 3,000 maneuver and territorial forces were already mobilized to ensure the May 2010 national and local polls peaceful and orderly.

He said additional new patrol cars are also set to be deployed on Monday in various police stations in the region. Last week, PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa also personally released here 15 patrol cars to strengthen the forces in the Caraga region.

The deployment of more cars is part of the P10 billion five-year modernization program of the PNP nationwide, he said.

In the campaign against loose firearms since December last year, at least 166 weapons were already confiscated, recovered and surrendered while four persons were arrested for violation of the election gun ban regionwide, added Fajura. (PNA)

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