THE Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) reiterated its order to difference police stations and units to be on alert against possible rebel attacks.
Senior Superintendent Marlon Tayaba, Iloilo police director, issued the reminder after suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members raided a police station in Lapinig town in Northern Samar early morning of Aug. 10, 2018.
The incident left two cops injured.
Around 100 alleged communist rebels armed with high-powered guns overran the station at 1:44 a.m. Only six police officers were reportedly on duty when the raid happened.
“Although the order is for every police station and unit to be on their toes, we put emphasis on 15 police stations to be extra vigilant,” Tayaba said.
These police stations are San Joaquin, Miag-ao, Guimbal, Tubungan, Igbaras, Leon, Tigbauan, Alimodian, Maasin, Janiuay, Lambunao, Calinog, Bingawan, Lemery, and San Rafael.
Of the 15, Tayaba said they have told the towns of Tubungan, Igbaras, Leon, and Maasin to be extra cautious because of their proximity to the NPA’s escape routes.
Lately, the Iloilo police chief said there were no reports of NPA sightings in the areas where they are usually spotted.
“But all the more that we should be more cautious because it’s a deafening silence,” he added.
Last year, the IPPO conducted several simulation exercises in preparation for rebels attacks after NPA members overran the Maasin Police Station.
Aside from simulation exercises, unannounced inspections were also conducted.
Security measures in different police stations all over Western Visayas were even strengthened after the June 18, 2017 attack on Maasin PNP.
Around 40-50 armed rebels stormed the town center and easily overpowered the nine on-duty policemen.
The NPAs carted 11 M16 Armalite rifles. They also carted away 11 M16 rifle magazines and 11 short magazines all loaded with ammunition.
The rebels also took away personal belongings of the police officers who were on duty.