PRO-6 doubles drug seizures under new chief

By Jennifer P. Rendon

Brigadier General Jack Wanky’s second week as the chief of Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 saw the region’s drug haul surpass P14 million.

Between February 26 and March 3, police units conducted 40 operations, resulting in the arrest of 55 individuals involved in drug activities.

These efforts led to the seizure of 2.064 kilograms of shabu, valued at P14,041,032.

The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) carried out four operations, leading the pack with shabu confiscations totaling P5.984 million.

A significant contribution came from the arrest of a 44-year-old woman on February 28 in Estancia, Iloilo. Jorene Boledo was caught with approximately 810 grams of shabu, valued at P5,508,000.

Meanwhile, the Iloilo City Police Office conducted 11 operations and confiscated shabu worth P5,648,692. Although the Negros Occidental PPO conducted the most anti-illegal drug operations at 13, they seized shabu valued at only P2,039,660.

The Bacolod City Police Office undertook eight operations, resulting in a seizure of P322,320 worth of shabu. The Aklan PPO, with two operations, confiscated shabu valued at P12,240.

Both the Capiz PPO and Guimaras PPO conducted one operation each. During Wanky’s first week in office (February 19 to 25), 39 operations led to the arrest of 56 suspects, with 1.058 kilograms of shabu valued at P7.2 million being recovered.

Wanky has commended all PRO6 personnel for “stepping up” to fulfill the PNP’s mission.

“We are sending a strong message to those engaging in illegal activities that PRO6 will not stop. We will further commit to fighting criminality in Western Visayas,” he declared.

Wanky also encouraged continuous self-improvement among the ranks.

“Commit to making gradual but consistent changes every day until we reach the peak of excellence. Let’s strive to be the best among other PNP units and not be complacent with our past achievements but be eager to take on greater challenges,” he said.