PRO 11 warns units versus NPA attacks
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