May 8, 2022

The Chief of the Philippine National Police, PGEN DIONARDO B CARLOS today announces the arrest of active member of the Bacolod City Police Office, Provincial Office 6 by the members of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) Visayas Field Unit Team 6 together with CIDG 6 in close coordination with RD, PRO 6 in a law enforcement operation conducted at about 10:40 AM on May 1, 2022 at Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City for violation of RA 10591 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act” and the Omnibus Election Code.

Citing a report from Director IMEG, PBGEN OLIVER A ENMODIAS, the PNP Chief said that the arrested person identified as Police Staff Sergeant Gerwin Arevalo Catolico, an active member of the PNP and currently assigned at Bacolod City Police Office, Police Regional Office 6.

Accordingly the suspect is the primary target under IMEG VFU COPLAN “Pistola” for his involvement in the Illegal Selling of Unlicensed Firearms in the province of Negros and nearby areas. He was arrested after handing over one (1) unit of Caliber .45 in exchange for a sum of money received from a poseur buyer along Brgy.Estafania,Bacolod City.

The Chief PNP said that guns are the common instrument in committing crimes that is why we have to step up our preemptive campaign through aggressive operations against those who sell them illegally.

The official further directed the PNP IMEG through PBGEN OLIVER A ENMODIAS to go after any police officer or men who continue to tarnish the image of the PNP and show no leniency.

“I have directed the PNP IMEG to intensify their monitoring efforts and go all out in our campaign to wade out scalawags who continues to tarnish the image of the PNP organization.” PGEN CARLOS added.

Confiscated Items were as follows:
a. Twelve (12 pcs of P 1,000.00 Bills (Marked Money)
b. One (1) unit of Norinco caliber .45 ACP 1911 A1
c. Two (2) magazine for caliber .45
d. One (1) keypad QNET Mobile

The arrested suspect was brought to CIDG 6 Negros Camp Montelibano,Bacolod City for further investigation and proper disposition.

PBGEN ENMODIAS on the other hand, renewed his call for public participation to report the presence of the PNP personnel involved in any irregularities to the PNP IMEG Hotlines: SMART- 09989702286 or GLOBE-09957952569.