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April 23, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 98 views

SPDTHE implementation by the Southern Police District of its Warrant Day every Friday of the week has been seen as worthy of emulation by other Philippine National Police units in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
Launched last February, the Warrant Day of the SPD headed by Brigadier General Mark D. Pespes has already resulted in the arrest of more than 800 persons wanted for various criminal offenses including murder, homicide, rape, drugs, physical injuries and motor vehicle and motorcycle theft.

Both PNP chief, General Rommel Francisco D. Marbil and National Capital Region Police Office director, Major Gen. Jose Melencio C. Nartatez Jr. have congratulated the SPD initiative.

The SPD earlier reported that from January 1 to December 31, 2023, they received a total of 2,489 warrants of arrest of which only 2,425 were served during the period.

The SPD came up with the Warrant Day program in order to achieve ‘zero variance’ of pending warrants of arrest being received by the unit.

Thus, Brig. Gen. Pespes last February 9 directed all SPD stations, sub-stations and other operating units including their Intelligence Section, the District Special Operations Unit, District Drug Enforcement Unit, District Anti-Carnapping Unit and the District Mobile Force Battalion to serve a minimum of three warrants every Friday of the week.

Reports on the successful serving of warrants of arrest are promptly submitted to the PNP’s E-Warrant and Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System.

Now on its 11th week, the SPD Warrant Day has already led in the arrest of over 800 wanted persons including Top Most Wanted Persons or TMWPs, Most Wanted Persons or MWPs and Other Wanted Persons of OWPs.

The SPD reported to Maj. Gen. Nartatez that since the start of their Warrant Day last February 9, more thant 140 TMWPs have been apprehended in the southern part of Metro Manila.

On the other hand, more than 200 MWPs were also arrested by SPD agents during the period. The rest were OMWPs.

The arrested TMWPs and MWPs were facing criminal charges ranging from murder, homicide, rape and violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearm and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and motor vehicle and motorcycle theft.

The others are wanted for slight physical injury, estafa and other violation of special laws.

Brig. Gen. Pespes has ordered the Makati, Taguig, Las Piñas, Parañaque and Pasay City Police Stations and the Pateros Municipal Police Station to look into the records of wanted persons in the regional trial courts and the Philippine National Police Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management E-Warrant and E-Rogues system and ensure that they will be served every Friday of the week.

Over the past 11 Fridays, an average of 77 wanted persons in Metro Manila have been arrested and put to jail by the SPD as a result.

“These apprehensions underscore the relentless efforts of the SPD in ensuring the safety and security of the community in the southern part of the metropolis and to see to it that all lawbreakers will be brought before the bar of justice as part of our duty to uphold the rule of law,” said Brig. Gen. Pespes.

Maj. Gen. Nartatez wants the project implemented in other parts of the metropolis.

The program requires all five SPD stations and other operating units to conduct ‘intelligence-driven operations’ which would lead to the issuance of search warrants against all wanted persons and other criminals living or hiding in the territory of the SPD and serving them every Friday.

“The idea is to recover illegal drugs and firearms and other contraband being kept by lawbreakers and arresting at the same time all wanted persons in our area. We won’t be giving them any good time to sleep,” said Brig. Gen. Pespes.

The official said that from 12:01 a.m. to 12 midnight Friday, all SPD operating units and stations served outstanding warrants of arrest issued by different courts against persons wanted for various criminal offenses in their area.

The day-long operation is in line with the NCRPO’s effort to fully implement the programs of Gen. Marbil to better serve the Filipino people.