From the Sun Star-Bacolod (Feb 22): Police chiefs, staff told to take extra precaution vs Oplan Jupiter
SEVERAL Negrense policemen are included in the hitlist of the New People’s Army (NPA) believed to be carrying out Oplan Jupiter in the Visayas aimed to execute or threaten soldiers and law enforcement personnel.
A source told Sun.Star Bacolod that the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) Intelligence Branch has validated the existence of the hitlist twice.
The report surfaced in the wake of the deadly ambush perpetrated by suspected NPA rebels in Candoni, Negros Occidental last Thursday that claimed the lives of two policemen and wounded two others.
Police chiefs and their personnel have been warned on the implementation of Oplan Jupiter launched by the NPA in January.
In Compostela Valley, more than 20 soldiers, police officers, and para-military have already been liquidated.
Last February 16, six policemen were also killed while 15 others were injured in an ambush allegedly staged by the NPA rebels in Baggao, Cagayan Province.
On Sunday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said suspected NPA rebels who staged the ambush in Candoni are being pursued.
PNP spokesperson Wilben Mayor said the Police Regional Office-Negros Island Region and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are carrying out massive offensive operation against the rebels in Negros Island.
“The two fallen agents of the law had just performed a routine police assistance function to a stabbing victim in Candoni, Negros Occidental when they themselves were treacherously attacked,” Mayor said.
He said the policemen will be accorded with funeral honors befitting their heroism and service.
Mayor added that the PNP reminded their men on the ground to be more vigilant, to enhance personnel security, and to conduct preventive and proactive operations in coordination with the AFP against lawless elements and criminal groups such as the NPA.
“We offer our deepest sympathy to the orphaned families and kin of two of our brothers-in-arms who are the latest victims of party-sponsored violence by the communist NPA in Negros Island,” he added.