Cops in CARAGA, NPA-infested areas warned vs attacks

Published July 4, 2021, 2:55 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Police forces in CARAGA region and other communist rebel-infested areas were advised to be both on offensive and defensive stance amid threat of renewed attack by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar issued the warning on police units after the intelligence units in CARAGA region received reports that the rebels would attack police officers even in their homes.

“This kind of information should not be ignored as this may affect the safety and welfare of innocent civilians in the communities,” said Eleazar.

The Chief PNP also stressed the need for the PNP and the community to work together against the CPP-NPA.

“We urge the public to inform us on any information about CPP-NPA presence in your communities to prevent their attacks,” said Eleazar.

“Like what happened in Masbate and in Surigao del Norte, civilians were among the casualties in their attacks. Let us not allow fear and silence to discourage you from reporting because your safety amy also be at stake,” said Eleazar.

Eleazar branded this move of the NPA as a desperate act to show that the group still has the strength to fight against the government.

He also tasked police units and offices to intensify intelligence-gathering efforts to prevent rebel attacks. All concerned PNP personnel were also ordered to closely coordinate with military units.