The “One Time, Big Time” operations against illegal drugs and other crimes can be carried out without spilling blood.
Policemen in the provinces of Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (Mimaropa) showed the way when they conducted the so-called “One Time, Big Time” operations Friday and arrested 233 drug personalities, including a policeman, without bloodshed.
Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor, director of the Mimaropa regional police officer, said various illegal drugs and gambling paraphernalia were confiscated during the overnight simultaneous operations on Friday.
“This is part of our intensified anti-criminality drive in the region. These operations were intended for wanted persons and other people engaged in illegal activities through the service of arrest and search warrants,” said Mayor.
Of the number of arrested, Mayor said most of them are linked to illegal drugs trade, 20 of them collared in various buy-busts that include a policeman.
He identified the cop as Police Officer 3 Rey Basilio delos Santos, formerly assigned to the Mindoro Occidental Police but was recently deployed to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Delos Santos was arrested with two others, according to Mayor.
A total of 54 small sachets allegedly containing shabu were seized in the entire operation.
Aside from illegal drugs, also targeted were those involved in illegal gambling and illegal logging activities.
Mayor said 16 were arrested for illegal gambling while five others for illegal logging.
The top three provinces with the most number of arrests, he said, are Palawan, Marinduque, and Mindoro Oriental.
Although not included in the formal police operations lingo, One Time, Big Time operation, refer to simultaneous operations on several target areas.
The term, however, recently gained notoriety as it resulted in a big number of casualties on suspected criminals.
In Bulacan, a total of 32 suspected drug pushers and users were killed in an overnight operation while 25 others died in the same kind of operation in Manila.
In the northern part of Metro Manila, 24 others were killed, including the controversial case of 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos who is said to have been executed by policemen in Caloocan City but was allegedly made to appear that he tried to fight off to justify his brutal killing.
In Manila, three drug personalities were apprehended in three separate operations on Friday.
Suspect Linda Flores, 66, who was in the drug watch-list, was arrested after a buy-bust operation in Old Sta. Mesa, Manila, at 1 p.m. on Friday. He yielded two pieces of small heat-sealed transparent sachets containing suspected shabu.
In Sampaloc, suspect Odessa Martinico, 38, was arrested after police conducted an anti-criminality operation at Paquita corner A. Mendoza Streets in Sampaloc at 3:30 p.m. also on Friday. Police seized one small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu.
In Sta. Ana, police arrested Romulo Guarino after conducting Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded Friday evening. They seized one small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu.
All suspects were charged with violation of R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. (With a report from Dhel Nazario)