PRO 11 warns units ver­sus NPA at­tacks

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PO­LICE Re­gional Of­fice (PRO 11) di­rec­tor Po­lice Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Manuel Gaer­lan has di­rected its po­lice line units to brace for pos­si­ble at­tacks of the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) on their sta­tions as well as to in­ten­sify their in­tel­li­gence mon­i­tor­ing and op­er­a­tion to thwart these.

Speak­ing in a press brief­ing on Wed­nes­day,

PRO 11 spokesper­son Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor (PCI) An­drea dela Cerna said that Gaer­lan gave the po­lice units un­der PRO 11 a di­rec­tive to be on high alert.

“Unang-una may mga stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures na­man tayo na si­nusunod,” she said, thus, pre­par­ing against the rebels should not be that dif­fi­cult.

But she ad­mits ad­mit that po­lice sta­tions are vul­ner­a­ble only be­cause these have to be open 24/7 and the public should not be blocked from seek­ing its as­sis­tance, thus, the im­por­tance of in­tel­li­gence mon­i­tor­ing.

“Isa sa in­struc­tion ng at­ing re­gional di­rec­tor is mas la­long paigtin­gin ang at­ing in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tions. Sabi nga po natin first line of de­fense ng PNP is the com­mu­nity in­tel­li­gence na na­ga­gather natin sa kanila. That is why kailan­gan nat­ing paigtin­gin ang pakik­i­u­ganyan sa mga barangay,” dela Cerna said.

Ear­lier, the ter­ror­ist group at­tacked the Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion Bin­uan­gan town in Misamis Ori­en­tal on De­cem­ber 3 and left four po­lice­men wounded due to shrap­nel from a ri­fle grenade. A two-hour fire­fight en­sued be­fore the rebels re­treated.

The po­lice­men were also re­minded to en­sure per­sonal safety and se­cu­rity as the NPA’s ur­ban hit squad Spe­cial Par­ti­san Unit (Sparu or Spar­row) is tar­get­ing in­di­vid­ual per­son­nel.

On Novem­ber 12, an­other po­lice of­fi­cer was killed in an in­ci­dent per­pe­trated by sus­pected mem­bers of the New Peo­ple's Army (NPA) iden­ti­fied as Po­lice Of­fi­cer (PO3) Wilfredo Bansag Garol Jr, 34, mar­ried and a res­i­dent of Rub­ber Vil­lage in Cali­nan, Davao City and as­signed at Baguio Po­lice Sta­tion (PS11).

Garol suc­cumbed to sev­eral gun­shot wounds in his body. The sus­pects also carted away his XRM and ser­vice firearms.

“Yon ang ini­i­wasan natin yong mga Sparu unit na pina­paikot nila ngayon ka­gaya ng nan­gayri sa Cali­nan up to now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion kung sino ang sus­pect,” she said.

She added, “Kasama ang safety and se­cu­rity ng is­ta­syon kaya kailan­gan ac­tive tayo palagi. Be very vig­i­lant la­hat ng of­fi­cers natin da­pat ready sa anu­mang pag-atake.” JCR

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