PNP-5 Regional Director Deona steps up crackdown on crime

PNP-5 Regional Director Victor Deona
PNP-5 Regional Director Victor Deona
LEGAZPI CITY—In a sustained effort to curb criminality in Bicol, Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director Victor Deona issued an order requiring all chiefs of police to regularly submit an accomplishment report on crime solution and efficiency.

Deona emphasized during the command conference earlier this week that he wants all police stations in Camarines Sur to apprehend persons who are involved in illegal drug distribution, as well as those who are illegally possessing ammunition.

Over the weekend, police reports indicated that there is an alarming incidence in the distribution of drugs.

Notably, in the province of Camarines Sur, agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) leaked to the media information that the municipalities of Libmanan, Tinambac, and Magarao lead the list of towns with the most number of drug users and pushers.

Also included in the top ten are Camaligan, Minalabac, Iriga City, Pili, Sipocot, Ragay, and Goa.
Meanwhile, crimes involving motorcycle riding-in-tandem remains unabated in the province. According to PNP’s data, densely- populated areas are favored by criminals who snatch bags, cellphones, and other valuable items. Some of said criminals were also noted to be using unlicensed firearms.

To underscore the intensified campaign against criminality, Deona directed all police stations in Camarines Sur to apprehend at least one drug pusher and one loose firearm offender.

He further said that police chiefs who fail at complying with the requirement will be replaced and reassigned to the regional office, where they shall undergo special training.

Meanwhile, the chiefs of police in the region were directed to require all police officers to submit accomplishment reports.

Deona’s move is in response to criticisms that crime response in the region is slow and inefficient.

The Regional Director’s sentiments were also echoed by Camarines Sur Provincial Director Ramiro Bausa, who urged local chief executives, particularly those of the aforementioned towns and city, to support the PNP’s campaign to lessen crime in Bicol.