From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 28): Negros Oriental cops warned vs. 'sleeping with the enemy'
The regional director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 7 warned police personnel in Negros Oriental of strict sanctions if found to be “sleeping with the enemy”, referring to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
“You have another threat in your midst, and that is the threat of the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA),” said Chief Supt. Debold M. Sinas, PRO-7 regional director, during his weekend visit in Negros Oriental.
Sinas issued his warning and precaution during a dialogue with officers and men at Camp Francisco Fernandez in Agan-an, Sibulan town.
“Gentlemen, bawal mamangka sa dalawang ilog. Bawal na bawal sa pulis nga adunay sabot sa mga NPA, nga moingon ayaw mo atake kay duty ko (Gentlemen, it is forbidden for the police to have an arrangement with the NPA, that you will tell them not to carry out attacks while you are still on duty,” he said.
“If ever such reports are verified and validated, we will make the life of that policeman to be miserable,” he warned.
Sinas gave the warning in the wake of the spate of killings in Guihulngan City, most of which were either drug-related or perpetrated by the NPA, as claimed by the latter through statements issued through the media.
He warned policemen who might be "sleeping with the enemies", referring not just to the NPA but also drug lords, to be very careful.
“If you feel that you are approaching that area, please inform us before anything happens, so we can intervene and help solve your problem,” Sinas added.
He directed law enforcers including the provincial and regional mobile groups deployed in NPA-threatened areas to avoid going places alone.
“We have to secure our people particularly in places,” he said.
Sinas enjoined all the men in uniform to just do their mandated job as policemen that people expect them to do.
He also called on them to rally behind the acting provincial commander, Senior Supt. Raul Tacaca, to follow his instructions, to observe the chain of command and the flow of authority in the provincial command.
Sinas also congratulated the police in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental for the recognition as the best place to retire. The retiree-friendly award was recently given by the Philippine Retirement Authority.