CIDG’s aggressive drives

AS quick as how he sacks some of his men implicated in any wrongdoing while in the tour of duty, Police Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. must deserve a pat on the back for his proven leadership wherever he is assigned to or whatever positions are given to him.

Records had it that the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group under his controls had arrested a total of 1,756 law violators, majority were wanted for heinous crimes in its nationwide anti-criminality drive for the first quarter of year 2012.

Hmmp, not bad.

Based on Oplan “Salikop” from January 1 to March 31, Director Sammy’s CIDG has accounted for the arrest of 142 members of organized crime groups and neutralization of 31 groups all over the country, which also resulted to the death of three suspects.

On top of the list of the syndicates that the CIDG has neutralized in the past three months is the Korean syndicate that operated an illegal pitbull dogfight arena in Laguna that resulted in the arrest of eight Korean suspects, six of them had been previously arrested for similar offense.

It also has neutralized the Pegad Robbery-Holdup Gang in Bohol with the arrest of four suspects; the Pacardo Group of Cagayan de Oro City involved in distribution of counterfeit United States dollar bills; the insurance fraud syndicate in Agusan del Sur with the arrest of nine suspects; the neutralization of De Villa illegal drug trafficking group in Batangas; the neutralization of Flores robbery group in Lucena City; the arrest of three members of Acetylene Gang in Imus, Cavite; the neutralization of Ledesma Kidnapping-for-ransom group with the arrest of its leader, Rodel Ledesma; and the neutralization of Dimas gun-for-hire group in San Pablo City, Laguna with the arrest of the leader, Ceferino Atienza.

According to the workaholic General, the CIDG’s aggressive drives against wanted persons have resulted in the total arrest of 1,510 felons, 146 of which were facing murder, rape and robbery charges in different courts all over the country.

Among those who fell were five Abu Sayyaf Group wanted for kidnapping-for-ransom, Maguindanao massacre suspect Datu Anwar Ipe Upam Ampatuan, two MILF members and several other wanted person in regional, provincial, city and municipal levels.

What’s more good thing with him is that he’s not the type who gets all the credits.

Like for instance, he’s quick to hail the active support and participation of members of Community Investigative Support (CIS) who provided important information that led to the arrests of most wanted persons, neutralization of criminal gangs and the confiscation of loose firearms.

As 2013 polls come close, the CIDG can certainly play key role here by going proactive and stepping up the campaign against loose firearms to take away these instrument of violence from the hands of those who are bent on using violence  and coercion against the public to influence the results of elections.

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