Baleros orders in­tense screen­ing of peo­ple com­ing from Ne­gor to prevent vi­o­lence spillover

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

TO AVOID spillover of the killing in­ci­dents in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal, the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Provin­cial Po­lice Of­fice is con­duct­ing seal-off op­er­a­tions in the borders of the two provinces.

Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Provin­cial Po­lice Di­rec­tor, Col. Romeo Baleros said that sealoff op­er­a­tions in­clude set­ting up of check-points, bor­der con­trol op­er­a­tion and block­ing forces in the borders of the two provinces.

Baleros iden­ti­fied the bor­der ar­eas where de­ploy­ment of more troops are made in Moises Padilla which is stone away from Ne­gros Ori­en­tal, La Catel­lana, Is­abela and the CHICKS area which stands for Cauayan, Hi­noba-an, Can­doni, Ka­bankalan City and Si­palay City and San Car­los City in the north­ern side of the prov­ince.baleros said that proper scru­tiny and in­tense screen­ing will be made to per­sons who would like to cross the bor­der and would en­ter the prov­ince from Ne­gros Ori­en­tal to make sure that no spillover would cross the prov­ince.

Last week se­ries of killings hap­pened in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal which is be­lieved to be pen­e­trated by the New Peo­ple’s Army rebels.

PNP Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde as­sured that there will be no dec­la­ra­tion of Mar­tial Law in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal de­spite the killings and that more than 300 mem­bers of PNP Spe­cial Ac­tion Force are de­ployed in the prov­ince as aug­men­ta­tion force.

On the part of Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son, he is hop­ing that it won’t reach to the point that Mar­tial Law will be de­clared in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal.

“It’s a de­ci­sion of the na­tional gov­ern­ment but I hope that it doesn’t reach that point,” he said.

He fur­ther said that he is hop­ing that au­thor­i­ties would find the so­lu­tion as soon as pos­si­ble to end the killings in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal.*

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