Monday, January 26, 2015

PNP-Bicol prepares for possible NPA attacks

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 26): PNP-Bicol prepares for possible NPA attacks

With the expiration of the Suspension of Police Operation against the New People's Army rebels from Dec. 18, 2014 to Jan. 19, 2015, the Philippine National Police Bicol regional office has placed its men on high state of alertness for possible attacks of the communist rebels in connection with the NPA anniversary in March.

With this possibility, the PNP-Bicol has intensified its counter-insurgency strategies and augmented its field personnel for any atrocities that would be done by the rebels.

Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, Bicol regional police chief, said his men will closely guard vital installations, economic assets, local and foreign businesses, tourist destinations and places where people converge so that they would not be made targets of rebel activities.

Deona said he has also intensified intelligence operations to preempt any plan of the rebels and terrorists.

He said they will mobilize force multiplers like the Barangay Intelligence Network and other groups fighting against lawlessness in their areas.

The top PNP regional official said he has also intensified close cooperation with Armed Forces of the Philippines, their partner in operations against the rebels.

Some 1,500 of Bicol police officers have just arrived trom Tacloban City where they helped maintain peace and order and provided security during Pope Francis' visit.

Deona said the regional office will give honors to these 1,500 police for successfully performing their mission with professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm.

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