Caraga cop chief condemns NPA attack in Agusan Sur; vows to get back hostage cop

by Ben Serrano

      February 1, 2011


            CAMP RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ, Libertad, Butuan City (PNA) - Caraga Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Reynaldo S. Rafal late afternoon today condemned in highest term the NPA’s barbaric attack of a team of Public Safety Company of Police Regional Office and Provincial Governor’s Task Force Bantay Kalikasan in a forest product monitoring station or checkpoint in Barangay Pulang Lupa, Trento, Agusan del Sur early morning today. 


            “The acts of the NPA rebels is barbaric because the police team assigned in the area was not only providing security to the personnel manning the checkpoint but are also providing information and security to our flood relief and rescue operation composed PNP personnel passing the area”, Rafal in angry mood told this writer after emerging from a meeting with his staff.


            Rafal said that aside from taking away two M-16 armalite rifles from the two cops, the NPA rebels also took hostage PO2 Jorge Sabatin, a member of PNP regional mobile force.


            “But we are tracking them now and me and my men vowed to get back Sabatin”  Rafal added.


            Rafal said that based on intelligence report the fleeing NPA rebels were moving towards Davao area, “but our intelligence operatives is keeping track on them we will not disclosed where they are now of course but we are ready to pounce them as we are looking for safety of our colleague now in their hands” Rafal said.


            Rafal said the communist rebels took advantage of the police being busy in the relief and rescue operations which is now on going for the flood and land slide victims in the entire Caraga region.


            “They should have considered that many of our people suffered from flash floods and landslide leaving their homes for safety by which we are assessing and helping and they used that opportunity to attack our helpless troops” Rafal added.


            Rafal said they already coordinated with the Philippine Army to go after the fleeing rebels and rescue the abducted cop saying the rescue and wide manhunt operations against the rebels are on-going.  (PNA/Ben Serrano)

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