Pasay police arrest over 100
in one-time, big-time operation

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PASAY police rounded up more than individuals for various offenses in a one-time, big-time operation in 201 barangay (villages) in city Friday night, its commander said on Saturday.

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Citing a report by Supt. Deanry Francisco, Senior Supt. Dionisio Bartolome Jr. said of the number, 83 were held for violating local ordinances like drinking liquor on the street, urinating in public, roaming around shirtless; 25 for illegal possession of drugs; two in possession of unlicensed guns; and three others with pending warrants of arrest.

Confiscated were eight sachets of “shabu” or methamphetamine hydrochloride, a .38 caliber pistol with six ammunitions, a butterfly knife (balisong), and three motorcycles with no proper documents.

Francisco said in his report that the operation was in connection with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear all villages of illegal drugs and all forms of crimes.

There’s a hitch, however. With the number of new prisoners, Pasay police are having a problem accommodating them in the city’s small detention cells, aside from the paper work and procedures that go with the filing of the appropriate charges, medical check ups and drug tests. JAIME PILAPIL

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