NOLCOM AFP and PNP on alert on NPA 42nd founding Anniversary

By Jason de Asis


CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac, March 30, 2011-The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) raised alarm on the possible atrocities by the New People’s Army (NPA) as the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) armed wing approached its 42ND  founding anniversary.

Northern Luzon Command Spokesman Ltc Rosendo Armas, Police Chief Supt. Alan la Madrid Purisima, PRO 3 chief and
Cagayan Provincial Director S/Supt. Mao Ranada Aplasca reminded their field units in their respective area of responsibilities to be alert and take extra precaution for the possible atrocities that the CPP-NPA may carry out ahead of the NPA’s founding anniversary Yesterday (March 29) adding that all field unit commanders are directed to strengthen and to implement utmost security measures to preempt harassments of the AFP and PNP personnel, ambuscades, raids, sabotage of cell sites and various vital installations.


They furthered that series of field command conferences held in the different provinces within their AOR are being conducted in order to beef up security measures during said NPA anniversary.


Central Luzon PNP Purisima said that a random field inspections by the Regional Headquarters particularly on “soft targets" such as isolated and less fortified police and military outposts, government installations and infrastructure, and vital facilities are carried out.


Purisima added that the PNP is now in an aggressive stance to address criminality in region 3 by way of implementing the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS), which is a tool adopted by the PNP in the conduct of Anti-Criminality and Police Operations to reduce street crimes, to neutralize motorcycle riding criminals, to arrest wanted persons and to address other crimes committed with the use of firearms.


Cagayan S/Supt. Aplasca said that the police and the army have strengthened their security measures in their respective areas of concern versus the CPP-NPA due to the recent firefights between the army and rebels at Sinundungan, Rixal, Cagayan last Sunday that resulted to casualty of four (4) soldiers and undetermined wounded on the part of the NPA.


Hot pursuit operation is still going-on by the military and police force at the place of encountered. (Jason de Asis)

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