SENIOR Inspector Jovito Bose, town police chief of Don Salvador Benedicto, said on Wednesday, June 21 that, the town is generally peaceful, despite concerns of town residents on the alleged presence of “armed men” at Barangay Igmayaan.
However, they still validated the information they received from two of the six teachers, who went to the police station last Monday and reported that there were armed men wearing bonnets allegedly blocked students on their way to school.
The report of the teachers came from pupils of the elementary school in the village.
Bose said they did a fact-finding and checking because there was no actual complainant from those who experienced the incident.
“All reports and information from anyone are being validated and assessed to avoid causing alarm to the public,” Bose said.
He added that they went to the area, where the pupils were reportedly waylaid by the “armed men” to verify the report.
“We also coordinated with the Philippine Army for intelligence monitoring to validate the report, but we haven't seen anything that was threatening,” Bose said. “The report was negative.”
Despite the negative report, Bose said they cannot neglect such report because they were advised to be on full alert and to be very cautious and vigilant after the raid of a police station at Maasin, Iloilo by the New People’s Army.
“We know that our area is infested by rebels that is why we are always on guard,” Bose said.
He added that the town is also being assisted by augmentation forces from the Regional Public Safety Battalion.