Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday rated as “very good” the performance of Senior Supt. William Señoron as provincial police director of Negros Occidental, amid reports of another attempt to implicate the police official in the illegal drug trade.
“The truth will speak for itself,” Marañon said, noting also that Señoron had been an advocate in eliminating the drug menace in the province.
“I am 101 percent sure that he is not involved in illegal drugs,” said Marañon, who vouched for the integrity of Señoron, whose name appeared late last year in a white paper with those politicians linked to the illegal drug trade.
Police records show that 941 drug personalities were accounted for in Negros Occidental last year, compared to 645 in 2015, and 303 in 2014.
In 2016, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office also seized 1.8 kilos of shabu, with a street market value of P18.5 million, as well as 9.6 kilos of marijuana, worth P96,517.
More than 11,000 drug personalities also surrendered to the NOCPPO, within six months, or from July to December 2016.
The crime volume in Negros Occidental dropped by 10 percent, with 23,234 last year, compared to 25,752 in 2015, or a reduction of 2,581, police records also showed.
Index crimes, or crimes against person and property, also went down from 9,435 to 7,738.
Crime solution efficiency increased from 22.62 percent in 2015, to 29.90 percent last year.
Marañon thanked the PNP for a job well done in maintaining the peace and order situation in Negros Occidental in the past year.
“I always believe that a place can never progress if there is no peace,” he said.
Despite its limited resources and other challenges, Marañon said the PNP-NIR was successful in its first year, through the hard work and cooperation of its personnel.
He urged them to continue to pray and make the province more peaceful and drug-free, and assured them of the provincial government's support to their advocacies.
“Do not hesitate to come to us and tell us your problems so we can talk and solve them together,” he added.
For this year, Marañon said he wants the PNP in Negros Occidental to eliminate the illegal drug problem to the minimum level of at least five percent, admitting that it cannot be eliminated 100 percent.
With the improved peace and order, he said he noted the influx of investors in Negros Occidental.*GPB
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