From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 7): Pangasinan board seeks info on 'real' peace and order situation
Worried about possible incursion of rebels in eastern Pangasinan, the provincial board is set to invite police and military officials in their next regular session on August14 to shed light the extent of insurgency in the province.
This was sought by Sixth District Board Member Noel Bince following a clash between the PNP and New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the outskirts of San Nicolas town where one member of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB1) was killed and another was wounded.
Bince said that incident worried many residents of eastern Pangasinan with the spread of "fake news" in social media that the town mayor of San Quintin was abducted and pupils of one elementary school in Natividad town were held hostage although these were just falsities.
Invited by the board during its question hour at the start of its reguloar session are Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee, the commanding officer of RPSB1, the chief of police of San Nicolas town as well as the commanding officer of the Philippine Army stationed near San Nicolas town.
Bince said the provincial board is still in the dark as to what happened when members of RPSB1 on patrol clashed with NPA rebels whose reports of earlier sightings in San Nicolas were belied by the police,
He said they want to find out the real score about the insurgency problem in Pangasinan, that is why they are inviting the police and military authorities who know the situation.