From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 11): Keep watch against possible NPA attacks, NegOr policemen told
The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental has directed police chiefs to be vigilant against possible atrocities by the Communist New People’s Army (NPA).
Sr. Supt. Henry Biñas, acting provincial police director, on Tuesday said he has directed all police stations to be always on the alert and not let their guards down in the wake of recent clashes between Army soldiers and suspected NPA terrorists in the province.
In fact, he said policemen on duty can be seen carrying their short and long firearms as well.
Biñas said the NPA could take advantage of and target areas that have “weak security measures.”
Just last week, Army troops clashed with some 30 suspected Communist terrorists in the hinterlands of Guihulngan City, about 116 kilometers south of this capital.
Prior to that, two civilians suspected by the NPA as being “informants” of the Armed Forces were shot to death in Canlaon City and Sta. Catalina town a few months back.
Biñas said the Communist terrorists’ presence is still felt in Negros Oriental, though not quite as significant as in the past.
While Negros Oriental has been declared as conflict-manageable and development ready a few years ago, Binas said the continuing presence of NPA in the province should not be ignored.
Biñas also urged the public to report to the nearest police station or local officials any sighting of armed individuals or groups.