DAGUPAN CITY – The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) recorded 18 shooting incidents by motorcycle-riding criminals (MRC) in the province from January to October this year, down by 64 percent from 50 recorded in the same period last year.
In an interview on Thursday, PPPO director Col. Redrico Maranan attributed the drastic decrease to the prevention efforts of law enforcement in the province.
Among these are the neutralization of the leader and a member of a gun-for-hire group from Tarlac and Nueva Ecija, who were also operating in Pangasinan.
“Additionally, we have also implemented more than 500 search warrants which targeted loose firearms,” he said.
Maranan also credited reduced shooting incidents to the confiscation of over 700 loose firearms in police checkpoints this year amid the lockdowns implemented due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
He said motorcycle lanes in checkpoints have proven valuable in the interception of potential criminals.
Maranan added the declining trend has been observed in the past two years.
In 2018, PPPO recorded 70 incidents. (PNA)