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PRO-7 director assures

Commendations will be given to police personnel and other law enforcers for the successful arrest of a suspect and the recovery of about P7-million worth of jewelry taken in a daytime pawnshop robbery in Dumaguete City Saturday.

In his first visit to Dumaguete yesterday, Chief Supt. Danilo Constantino, director, Police Regional Office 7, directed Supt. James Goforth, city police chief, to prepare the list of police personnel and private individuals for citation.

Those to be cited may include Goforth, Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office acting director, Supt. Alet Virtucio, members of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, and the Provincial Public Safety Company, he added.

He said he also asked Goforth to submit an after-operations report of the heist to support the recommendation to give recognition for a job well done.

Constantino said the arrest of suspect Jesuslo Alegria and the recovery of the stolen jewelry, getaway vehicles and firearms used by the perpetrators, and the shotgun of the security guard of the pawnshop, were the results of the dragnet operation implemented by the police.

He said the operation, known as Letter of Instruction Oplan Tambayayong, was enforced about three weeks ago following reports of the arrival of suspected members of organized crime groups from Mindanao as well as possible attacks by newly-trained members of the terror group, Abu Sayyaf, in Dumaguete.

Alegria was arrested shortly after he and around eight other companions barged into the Agencia Belen pawnshop at Perdices Street, declared a hold-up at gunpoint, and carted away the jewelry at around 8:18 a.m. August 24.

Alegria was arrested later that day in a house in Sibulan, and charged for robbery with violence and intimidation of persons before the Dumaguete Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday.

Constantino said they are coordinating with the Land Transportation Office to verify the registrations of the black Toyota Revo and the three Honda motorcycles that the suspects used as getaway vehicles and found abandoned by the police later.

The police is also coordinating with the Firearms, Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Supervisory Section of the PNP to determine if the recovered firearms are licensed or not.

Constantino also met with Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria and discussed security issues, and will hold his first command conference at the NOPPO headquarters in Camp Fernandez, Agan-an, Sibulan, today.*JFP

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