Intensified ops vs. illegal drugs, insurgency stay: PRO-3 chief

Intensified ops vs. illegal drugs, insurgency stay: PRO-3 chief

COMMAND VISIT. Brig. Gen Valeriano de Leon, newly-installed police director of the Police Regional Office 3 (Central Luzon), delivers his message during the command visit in Baler, Aurora on Sunday (Oct. 18, 2020). De Leon asks police personnel in Central Luzon to continue the fight against illegal drugs and communist insurgency. (Photo by Jason de Asis)

BALER, Aurora – Newly-installed Police Regional Office in Central Luzon (PRO-3) regional director Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon on Sunday asked the police personnel in Central Luzon “to bring their uniform to greater heights” as they continue the fight against illegal drugs and communist insurgency.

De Leon, in his command visit for stakeholders’ meeting in Barangay Sabang in this town, said the police force in the entire region, under his leadership, will continue their intensified operations against illegal drugs and the fight to end local communist armed conflict being the mandated programs in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“I am encouraging our police in this province and in the entire region to bring your uniform into greater heights as our stakeholders are continuously supporting us. The role of the members of the advisory council and other stakeholders are our third eyes in maintaining the peace and order in our area of responsibilities,” he said.

De Leon also congratulated provincial director Col. Raul Siriban for maintaining the peace and order and keeping the province as drug cleared.

“Your exemplary accomplishment in maintaining drug free/cleared status is still a challenge to make sure that gain will sustain. Let us continue the fight against criminality,” he said.

De Leon also thanked the local officials from the provincial down to barangay levels for providing support to the PNP mission.

“Our mayors are always there supporting us. Let us sustain our gains, particularly in this province’s fight against illegal drugs,’” he said.

De Leon said no one should stop in terms of drug campaigns and operations.

“I am challenging everyone to improve the quality of our service to the community. Let us transform into a more capable, effective and credible police force,” he added.

Meanwhile, Siriban said the peace and order in the province remains to be manageable and still the lowest in terms of crime incidents as compared to other provinces in Central Luzon.

“The province has no record of identified organized crime groups operating. However, we are confronting the Komiteng Larangang Guerilla (KLG) Sierra Madre from the mountainous town in Nueva Ecija, Aurora and Bulacan. But, it is still manageable,” Siriban said.

He said a total of 24 former rebels and 42 supporters have already surrendered to Aurora Police Provincial Office from January to September this year.

Before the stakeholders’ meeting, the PRO-3 chief conferred awards to 20 deserving police personnel in the province.

Eighteen of them received Medalya ng Papuri while two others were awarded Medalya ng Paglaban sa Manliligalig. (PNA)

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