Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga -- Philippine National Police Region 3 Director, POLICE BRIGADIER GENERAL RHODEL O SERMONIA on Wednesday directed all police commanders in Central Luzon to initiate the conduct of checkpoints and Oplan “Sita” as gun ban commences today relative to the security coverage the PNP has put in motion for the SEA Games 2019.

Sermonia also directed police units in Region 3 to intensify manhunt operations against dangerous fugitives with standing warrant of arrests and conduct proactive servicing of search warrants in order to deprive criminals with the opportunity to threaten public safety and prevent the transport of illegal firearms and deadly weapons.

Likewise, Sermonia ordered police commanders to coordinate with local government units for the mobilization of force multipliers and barangay peacekeepers in order to augment the capabilities of territorial units in terms of manpower and mobility of forces.

Starting midnight of November 20, the PNP initiated the gun ban in Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog Region, National Capital Region, and some areas in Ilocos Region as part of the efforts of the government to prevent the occurrence of crimes in places where the SEA GAMES will be conducted.

Sermonia appealed to the residents of the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Zambales for cooperation during the conduct of checkpoints and to be more understanding for the inconvenience that these crime prevention initiatives will cause them as these efforts are being carried out to guard their own safety and security against criminals and terrorists groups alike.

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CAMP OLIVAS, CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA- PRO3 Acting Regional Director and Commander, TG “Central Luzon” PBGEN RHODEL O SERMONIA said that more than 6,000 police personnel tasked to ensure peace and security during the 30th SEA Games are set to be deployed starting today, November 19, 2019 at the different venues in the region.

The send-off ceremony was held earlier this morning at the Challenger’s Field, Air Force City, Clark field, Mabalacat City, Pampanga and was led by PLTGEN ARCHIE F GAMBOA, OIC,PNP.

In all, around 11,000 security response troops and force multipliers are ready to secure the 30th Southeast Asian Games from November 30 to December 11, 2019 to attain the goal of “zero incident” for all the days of the SEA Games in Central Luzon.

PBGEN Sermonia told his men and women on the ground to do their work with utmost diligence and due regard for public safety. He also assured the public that they are very ready to ensure the safety and security of all the delegates and other spectators who will attend the summit even if they have not monitored any threats to the SEA Games.

The top cop bared that the “no fly zone” and “no sail zone” will also be implemented during the duration of the SEA Games.

PBGEN SERMONIA also said that while all security preparations are covered by Task Group “Central Luzon” authorities also appeal for full support and cooperation of the public through timely reports of any suspicious activity to prevent any eventualities or unfortunate incidents.

Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 3 Director, POLICE BRIGADIER GENERAL RHODEL O SERMONIA assailed the communist New People's Army (NPA) for their continuous and shameless recruitment of members from the youth and student sectors following the capture of a former female college student who was among the wounded in an encounter with government security forces in Rizal town, Nueva Ecija province last Thursday.

Sermonia identified the former coed-turned-rebel as Redsa Balatan, alias Ka Sining, 33, political instructor of Kilusang Larangang Guerilla Sierra Madre. She was a former student at the University of the Philippines-Extension Program in Pampanga.

Sermonia said that Balatan, along with other NPA members were engaging in extortion activities in Barangay Estrella in Rizal town when they were chanced upon by joint forces of Philippine Army and PNP before the firefight ensued.

Sermonia expressed sadness for the plight of Balatan who was deceived by the communist into joining what she thought was the solution to issues that beset the country only to be captured and wounded while engaging in shameful extortion.

Sermonia said the case of Balatan should serve as a lesson to Filipino youths, especially students studying in state-owned universities and colleges, that abandoning their studies in exchange for following the deceptive path of armed struggle will not only waste their chances for a bright future but will also destroy the lives of their families and loved ones.

Sermonia said that in more than 50 years of communist insurgency, those young people -- like Balatan -- who fell into the romanticism of NPA's protracted war were among those who actually betrayed the Filipino people for allowing themselves to become instrument of violence that only deprive the masses of the chances to achieve genuine economic development.

Sermonia also appealed to state colleges and universities administrators to become vigilant with the covert recruitment of students that happen under their noses by the NPA's front organizations in the student sector like the League of Filipino Students, National Union of Students of Philippines, ANAKBAYAN, Karapatan, and Kabataan Party-List, which sway students to abandon their education and to join the NPA.

Sermonia said that under Executive Order Number 70 that created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), government instrumentalities in the education sector, namely the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) have shared responsibilities in insulating the youth from the radicalization of communist agitators that target students in their recruitments.

Reports said that Balatan was wounded and captured last Thursday along with Lizel Labo alias Ka Nido, Carlos Aguilar alias Ka Badong, Danilo Sagun and Ernesto Quimzon.

Two NPA members were also killed in the encounter and they were identified as Michael Ladesma and a certain Ka Miguel.

Authorities have recovered from the encounter two M16 Colt Baby Armalite rifles; three cal.45 pistols; 15 long magazines of m16 rifle loaded with ammunition; a hand grenade; other gadgets and alleged subversive documents.

At present the PNP in Region has accounted 71 former rebels who returned to the fold of the law and availed of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for rebel returnees.

Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga – Nearly 600 individuals were arrested, including 21 of the most wanted in the region, and various firearms, deadly weapons and illegal drugs were confiscated in a 3-day relentless police operations in prime cities and municipalities across Central Luzon, said Region 3 Police Director, POLICE BRIGADIER GENERAL RHODEL O. SERMONIA.
Sermonia said that strings of operations are in adherence to the marching order of PLTGEN ARCHIE GAMBOA, Officer-In-Charge, Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify, to reinvigorate and to focus on the anti-criminality drive and anti-insurgency efforts of the PNP.
Sermonia further stated that these recent accomplishments particularly in the arrest of dangerous fugitives, people involved in illegal drugs, terrorism and street crimes were the results of the strong support of all local chief executives in the anti-criminality and anti-insurgency campaigns of the PNP-PRO3 together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC 3) among of which are the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Meanwhile, for the same period, 71 former New People's Army (NPA) fighters have surrendered to PNP and local government authorities in Central Luzon, accounting for the total of 105 former rebels who returned to the fold of the law and availed of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for rebel returnees. 
Sermonia said that on weekend, he ordered all provincial directors and chiefs-of-police to conduct intensified Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO) as part of the crime mitigation efforts of the PNP to deprive criminals with the opportunity to commit crime relative to the security coverage that it has laid for the upcoming 30th SEA Games.
The top cop of Central Luzon bared that all security preparations for the 30th SEA Games are covered by the PNP and other concerned agencies still in order to succeed, he appeals for the public’s full support and cooperation. He also issued a warning to all criminals that the full arm of the law will be used against them should they still prefer to disrupt peace and order in the following days.
Sermonia said that while simulation exercises are being done in various areas of engagement for SEA Games, PNP units in Region 3 over the weekend have carried out actual and proactive crime prevention drive by accounting all wanted persons, clear the streets of drug personalities and take weapons and other instruments of violence from the hands of criminals before they can use them.
Sermonia said in three days and two nights operations, PNP operatives in Central Luzon have arrested a total of 594 individuals, 158 of them have standing warrant of arrests for various crimes, 189 were arrested for illegal drugs, and 247 were arrested for violation of other special laws and local ordinances.
Of the total 594 arrested individuals, 113 from them came from the province of Pampanga, 91 from Bulacan, 90 from Nueva Ecija, 81 from Olongapo City, 69 from Tarlac, 46 from Bataan, 35 from Angeles City, 31 from Zambales, 13 from Aurora, 23  were arrested by the Regional Intelligence Division and 2 were arrested by the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 3.
Of the 158 wanted persons, 21 of them are listed among the most dangerous wanted criminals in their respective areas identified as: Joey Carza y Simbul alias Boyet, ranked No.9 and Annalyn Villarosa y Taclay alias Len, ranked No.8, both in the town of Pandi, Bulacan; Melody Naval y Centeno, ranked No.9 in Balanga, Bataan; Errol Ferol y Etable, ranked No.6 in Bacolor; Eugine Santos y Basilio, ranked No. 9 in Candaba; Mark Anthony Padilla y Alcantara, ranked No.6; Christine Evaristo y Flores, ranked No.8; Dante Maniing y Pring, ranked no.9 in Guagua; Renz Robert Gutierrez y Guintu, ranked No.7 in Lubao; Marvin Estrada y Limiac, ranked No.5; and Jhustine Duque y De Leon, ranked No.8 in City of San Fernando; Ramel Sunga, ranked No. 4 in Sasmuan; Fleshy Ponce, ranked No. 3 in Sta Ana, all in the province of Pampanga; Lawrence Go y Cañega, ranked No.1 in Subic, Zambales; Matthew Abes Jr y Bayongasa , ranked No.6 in Tarlac; Ajay Lopez y Sagun, ranked No 8 in Angeles City; and, Renan Altares y Daet, ranked No. 7 in Olongapo City.
Sermonia also said that for the same period, the PNP in Central Luzon have confiscated a total of 20 assorted firearms, 492 sachets of Shabu and 44 sachets of Marijuana.
Meanwhile in Angeles City, police authorities raided the Sakura Spa in Barangay Malabanas and rescued 5 female victims of sex trafficking. Police have also charged the manager of the spa with violation of RA 9208 as amended by RA 10364 or Sexual Exploitation Act.

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