IN NOT so many words, Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao expressed discontent of how Western Visayas police officers performed in anti-illegal drugs operations.
“We don’t settle for mediocre performance. I want to be intensifying their efforts against all forms of criminality,” said Bulalacao, the Western Visayas police director.
He stressed that police officers should step because their performance was sort of satisfactory.
“We couldn’t elevate it to a very satisfactory level because there are still reported prevalence of illegal drugs in almost all provinces in Western Visayas,” Bulalacao said.
In a press briefing on July 16, he reported the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6’s accomplishments against illegal drugs for June 2018.
“As what I have promised during my assumptions we will intensify our campaign against illegal drugs. For the month of June, we did a total of 159 operations with 215 drug personalities arrested,” he added.
Topping the list was Negros Occidental with 50 operations conducted and 71 persons arrested.
Bacolod City has 49 operations and 69 arrested persons; Iloilo province with 21 operations and 23 arrested persons; Iloilo City – 15 operations and 20 arrested persons; Capiz – 13 operations 20 arrested; and Antique – 19 operations and 3 arrested. The Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) conducted one anti-drug operation that led to the arrest of three persons.
Guimaras did not conduct a single anti-drug operation in June.
For the said period, three suspected drug personalities died in police operations in Antique and Negros Occidental provinces and Bacolod City.
For the month of May 2018, PRO-6 conducted 66 operations that led to the arrest of 99 persons.
Thus, the June operations posted a 144 percent increase from the previous month and 119 percent rise in terms of arrested persons.
“Seeing the gains on our campaign against illegal drugs, we do not rest on our laurels. We religiously review and evaluate the performance of our commanders through the Regional Oversight Committee on Illegal Drugs on a weekly basis as our way to sustain our vigor in eliminating illegal drugs in Western Visayas,” Bulalacao said.
As a warning, he stressed, “those who will be found not performing will be relieved.”
And it looks like the ax will first fall on Senior Superintendent Julio Gustilo, the chief of Guimaras PNP.
With zero accomplishment on illegal drugs operations, “this is maybe one of the reasons that we would consider the relief of the provincial police director of Guimaras. For the past one or two months, wala silang naging operations,” he added.
When asked if he inquired with Gustilo about the nil performance against illegal drugs, Bulalacao said they have yet to talk.
“I will show this to the oversight committee for consideration,” he added.
Some claimed that the failure of the Guimaras police to arrest drug personalities could be because some barangays are already “drug-cleared.”
But Bulalacao rebuffed this.
“There are still reports that Guimaras is used as a transshipment point from Negros to Iloilo,” he said.
Bulalacao cited the case of Mina, Iloilo where a majority of its barangays were declared drug-cleared. Over the weekend, a village official was arrested in an anti-drug operation.
“There are operations that resulted in a negative arrest but we could see the efforts in conducting one. With the continuous movement of people in these areas, there is the always the possibility. They should not relax. They should continue to be vigilant,” he added.
Bulalacao said the fight against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality is for the PNP alone.
“We enjoin everyone to be with us in ensign our fight against illegal drugs through giving of information about any illegal activities in the community,” he added.