The Philippine National Police reports the neutralization of 17,098 wanted persons across the country from January to May 2015. Four thousand four hundred seventy-three (4,473) weapons were also recovered by the police during the said period.
“Operations against organized crime group resulted in the disbandment of 33 gangs and arrest of 417 gang members, recovery of 177 assorted firearms and filing of 215 cases in courts,” PNP said.
PNP Officer-in-Charge Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina said “the PNP sustained its program in anti-criminality operations to keep the communities safer by deploying more uniformed personnel to carry out focused police operations. Patrolling and presence of the police officers assures law abiding citizen of their safety from any criminal elements.”
Through the sustained implementation of Oplan Lambat Sibat spearheaded by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, the PNP intensified police presence on streets and anti-criminality campaigns with the primary goal of reducing crime and improving public safety, General Espina added.
In Metro Manila, through the aggressive implementation of “Lambat-Sibat” Campaign, police operatives captured a total of 445 Most Wanted Persons (MWP) or 74% of 603 listed Most Wanted Persons.