From the Philippine Information Agency (Feb 5): Valley cops strengthen tactics against rebels
The newly installed regional director of the Police Regional Office 2 (PRO-2) here has ordered all police units in the Cagayan Valley Region to strengthen their forces against rebels and terrorist groups.
Police Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino, in his first visit to the provincial command here, said it is already time for the police to conduct offensive strategies against the New People’s Army rather than engaging in defensive moves.
“The best defense is offense that is why we will shift from the old training and mindset to a strategic tactical offense in running after these armed groups,” Espino said.
He also urged all police stations up to the smallest units to always prepare for possible attacks of these armed groups following the cancellation of the peace talks.
Espino said the rebels might already plan their anti-government and anti-human actions as a show of force following the failed peace negotiation attempt between the government and the CPP-NPA-NDF.
He added that the Valley Cops will undergo rigid trainings to further enhance their tactical skills and to ensure that every policeman is prepared during the operations against insurgencies.