'NO MARTIAL LAW'
Albayalde orders deployment of more than 300 SAF troops to Negros
“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.*