(Metro News) Manila cops step up drive vs all forms of criminality

November 7, 2010 1:06 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 6 — Mayor Alfredo S. Lim has ordered the Manila Police District (MPD) under Chief Supt. Roberto Rongavilla to step up the campaign to crush all forms of criminality in the city, including robberies, thefts, holdups and snatching activities.

In compliance with the directive, the police conducted simultaneous saturation drives that resulted in the rounding up of some 200 persons in Tondo and Malate on Saturday.

Lim, who personally conducted a check on the rounded-up men together with Rongavilla and MPD deputy director Senior Supt. Alex Gutierrez, noticed that most of them were standbys and vagrants.

The mayor ordered the release of those who have been verified to be legitimate workers and students.

However, police brought the others who were found to be non-residents in the area or do not have any business being there to the MPD headquarters for verification purposes.

Gutierrez said they would detain those found to be wanted by authorities, have jumped bail or have pending warrant of arrest.

Prior to the operation at the corner of Leveriza and P. Ocampo Streets in Malate, which is under the jurisdiction of MPD Station 9, Lim received a letter signed by hundreds of foreign and local students and residents within the vicinity complaining of rampant snatching, thefts, holdups, harassments and armed robberies in the area.

The signatories specifically cited the case of one Jie Lan, a Chinese national and student of Wesleyan College of Manila, who was stabbed and seriously wounded last Oct. 19 by a group of robbers in front of the Zafra Motors Shop.

“These criminals lurking or living in the vicinity of Zafra Motors have emboldened themselves by acting in groups and using street children to carry out their criminal activities even in broad daylight,” the letter said.

The signatories added: “We believe in your capacity to restore and maintain peace and order… in your authority to curb criminal activities by upholding the rule of law.”

The mayor also received similar complaints about crime incidents that occurred in Tondo, particularly along Road 10. He was informed that crime suspects are even climbing and stealing from trucks carrying various kinds of merchandise.

Meanwhile, Lim told Rongavilla to ensure that the necessary police visibility is provided in the said areas to deter criminal elements from operating there. (PNA)

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