From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 9): Cebu City cops warned of ambush when going to remote areas
The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) on Thursday warned its operatives to take precaution in responding to remote areas after the ambush staged by suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels that killed four police officers in Bansalan, Davao Del Sur on Wednesday.
"All units are reminded to always exercise caution when executing duties and responsibilities," Superintendent Artemio Ricabo, CCPO deputy director for administration, said.
The local police were also directed to seek the assistance of village peacekeepers.
"In the event of calls for police assistance, use due diligence in confirming reported incidents through barangay officials, Barangay Intelligence Network and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team," he said.
The safety reminders will become part of police weekly conferences and pre-deployment briefings.
Four police officers were killed in Bansalan, Davao del Sur on Wednesday in an attack blamed on suspected NPA rebels.
The slain police officers were members of the Bansalan Municipal Police Station and the Scene of the Crime Operations of Digos City.
They went to a remote area in Bansalan to respond to the killing of two civilians.