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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Nueva Vizcaya registers low crimes in 2011

by Ben Moses Ebreo

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, January 4 (PIA) -- Crime incidents in the province last year was lower than in 2010, according to the Philippine National Police(PNP) here.

“Our success in reducing crime incidents in the province can be attributed to the support and assistance of our barangay officials and other force multipliers who were earlier trained as volunteers in their respective barangays,” said Police Senior Supt. Elmer Beltejar, police provincial director.

Citing a report, Beltejar said crime incidents in 2011 was only 973 while the year 2010 was noted at 1,803, registering a decrease of 830 incidents or 46 percent.

Beltejar also underscored their implementation of their Police Integrated Patrolling System (PIPS), which resulted in the conduct of surprise checkpoints and police visibility in strategic areas and crime-prone zones such as schools, business districts and community areas.

He said the intensified implementation and enforcement of PIPS proved effective as it prevented individuals in transporting and carrying illegal weapon which can be used for criminal purposes.

“Based on our record, there were many individuals who were caught red handed with illegal weapons especially those who were riding in motorcycles," Beltejar added.

According to him, crimes which were committed by ‘riding in tandem’ persons were the priority target of their PIPS to prevent the commission and escalation of crimes in the province.

Last year, three major killings tainted the peace and order situation in the province such as the killing of barangay captain Hernani Obania, 56 of Bone South in Aritao town in June 20, the murder of former Sangguniang Kabataan provincial head Joemel Cacal, 35 of Quezon town in March 15 and the murder of Arlyne Fernandez, 54, budget officer of the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) in August 15.

Cacal was shot by two motorcycle riding assassins while driving his car along the national highway in Bayombong town, Obania was shot by a lone gunman while talking with his constituents while Fernandez was shot while on board a tricycle on her way to her office inside the NVSU compound.

The PNP has so far arrested Ferdinand Ysit in November last year, tagged as the suspect in the murder of Obania in Sta. Fe town along with his three companions. (TCB/TCB/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)

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