Albayalde orders probe on NPA attack in Misamis Oriental, lauds Legazpi City cops

By Aaron Recuenco

General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has ordered a thorough investigation on the communist rebel attack of a security agency in Misamis Oriental.

Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

This developed as Albayalde lauded the personnel of a police station whom he said were able to repel the attack of the communist rebels last week.

“In stark contrast to that unfortunate incident in Misamis Oriental, I am proud to take note of the gallant stand-put up by personnel of the Taysan police outpost in Legazpi City on Sunday evening against suspected CPP-NPA terrorists who attempted to lay siege on the police precinct after a seven-minute firefight,” said Albayalde.

Albayalde said he had already tasked the Civil Security Group to initiate a thorough investigation on how the security guards of Minergy Power Corporation in Balingasag town of Misamis Oriental were disarmed by the rebels.

The rebels carted away five AK-47 assault rifles issued to the security guards during the attack.

Also taken were several rounds of ammunition, radio transceiver sets, and other equipment.

“The investigation seeks to look into possible administrative and operational lapses by the private security provider of this vital installation,” said Albayalde.

Based on the initial probe, The blue guards of AY76 security agency appeared to have been caught by surprise during the attack.

Albayalde said that despite the training and high-powered firearms issued, there appeared to be no resistance from the security guards.

The official that in an apparent diversionary tactic, the rebels attacked an isolated government post in Claveria town, which is adjacent to Balinhasag town, at the time when the private firm was being attacked.

These CPP-NPA hostilities in the countryside over the weekend are apparently aimed to create acoustic effect to planned urban mobilization of militant cause-oriented groups and front organizations in Metro Manila and Negros Island this week,” said Albayalde.