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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012


East Samar police bares command’s biggest 2011 accomplishment

by Alice Nicart

BORONGAN, Eastern Samar, Jan 3 (PIA) –- Residents in the area used to dread commuting and traversing the highways of the province of Eastern Samar for fear of being held-up. But those days are long gone; today, Chief Inspector Edwin Barbosa Police Community Relations Office (PCRO)- Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Command here reported their major accomplishment for year 2011.

According to Barbosa, the neutralization of hold-up incidents in highways of the province as their major accomplishment.

It can be recalled that there used to have a series of hold-up incidents along the stretch of Hernani and Llorente towns. However, just before the year ended, the suspects were collared by police authorities.

Since then, highway robberies and hold-up incidents have diminished almost to a zero.

Two attempted hold-ups were likewise foiled by police authorities recently - one at the Borongan LBC branch and the other at the Rural Bank of Borongan.

Asked about the recent New Year’s revelries, Barbosa said that the celebration was relatively peaceful, no illegal discharge of ammunition was reported except for five firecracker-related injuries which were reported by the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

There was one stabbing incident though, with suspect already arrested, but no other crime was reported to have occurred during the New Year celebration.

And yesterday, after a successful campaign vs. illegal discharge of firearms, the members of the PNP Provincial Command, altogether removed the muzzles from the nozzles of their issued long and short firearms, an order they had to follow earlier to ensure a peaceful New Year celebration.

It was an experience several years back when members of the defunct Philippine Constabulary (PC) and Integrated National Police (INP) would fire their firearms at midnight at the change of the year. This resulted in hurting and sometimes, the death of, victims. Later it became taboo as several of them faced charges; others were dismissed from the service for indiscriminate firing.

The PNP Provincial command is under the leadership of SSupt. Manuel E. Cubillo.(PIA-Eastern Samar/Alice Nicart)

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