FIREARM SURRENDERED. A man surrenders his firearm to a police officer at the Canlaon City Police Station as part of the synchronized province-wide anti-criminal operations in Negros Oriental. More than PHP1.3-million suspected shabu was seized and over 100 people were arrested for various offenses and violations in the province. (Photo courtesy of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office)

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental seized some PHP1.3 million in suspected shabu and arrested more than 100 people for various offenses across the province.

In an interview, Provincial police director Col. Germano Mallari said the synchronized operations under the PNP’s “One Time, Big Time” were the second time in June.

“We are directed to conduct simultaneous operations by the different police stations against illegal drugs, illegal firearms, wanted persons, and other forms of criminality twice a month to sustain our peace-keeping efforts,” Mallari said in mixed English and Cebuano.

A consolidated report Tuesday showed that the 24-hour simultaneous operations last June 25 resulted in the arrest of six suspected drug pushers and the confiscation of more or less 205.84 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated price of some PHP1.399 million.

On illegal gambling, 48 people were arrested in 13 separate operations while 53 wanted persons with one most wanted person were arrested in 48 individual operations.

The police also confiscated 28 loose firearms in six Oplan Katok operations, while six other firearms were surrendered to the authorities.

A total of 51 individuals were also arrested for violation of various city and municipal ordinances. (PNA)