'NO MAR­TIAL LAW'

Al­bay­alde or­ders de­ploy­ment of more than 300 SAF troops to Ne­gros

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

“NE­GROS will not be de­clared un­der Mar­tial Law de­spite the se­ries of killings in the Ori­en­tal side”.

This was as­sured yes­ter­day by PNP Chief Po­lice Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde.

The killings in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal has al­ready claimed the lives of 20 peo­ple in­clud­ing four po­lice of­fi­cers and three politi­cians.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­bay­alde, even though some of the killings were per­pe­trated by in­sur­gents from the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA), they are still con­duct­ing a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion in or­der to de­ter­mine which group was re­spon­si­ble for the mur­ders.

The PNP chief fur­ther stated the NPA had long been known to “sac­ri­fic­ing” their own mem­bers and then blame law en­force­ment for the killings.

In re­sponse to the grow­ing vi­o­lence in Ne­gros, Al­bay­alde said they have made the de­ci­sion to de­ploy more than 300 mem­bers of the PNP Spe­cial Ac­tion Force (SAF) to fur­ther aug­ment the lo­cal po­lice force.

“I have or­dered yes­ter­day the de­ploy­ment of more than 300 Spe­cial Ac­tion Force (SAF) troops to

Ne­gros Is­land to aug­ment lo­cal po­lice units in an­ti­crim­i­nal­ity and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions against crim­i­nal el­e­ments and dis­si­dent ter­ror­ist groups op­er­at­ing in the prov­inces of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal and Ne­gros Ori­en­tal,” Al­bay­alde said Mon­day, July 29.

When asked if there will be a change in the cur­rent lead­er­ship of the Ne­gros Ori­en­tal Po­lice Provin­cial Of­fice, Al­bay­alde replied that they are presently await­ing for the rec­om­men­da­tion from Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-7 di­rec­tor, Po­lice Bri­gadier Gen. De­bold Si­nas.*

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