BACOLOD

Nocppo gears up for Christmas season

NEGROS Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) director Police Colonel Romeo Baleros said they are now finalizing their security plans for the upcoming holiday season beginning December 15, the first day of the nine-day Aguinaldo mass or “Simbang Gabi.”

Baleros said the entire police force has been placed on “red alert” status and he has ordered the police chiefs from various cities and municipalities to enhance their anti-crime patrols, especially in crowded areas.

The police chiefs were also ordered to coordinate with force multipliers in their locality and advised them to help in road traffic administration. The police were also instructed to assist motorists in case of mechanical troubles or accidents.

Baleros also said they are on alert for possible attacks made by New People’s Army (NPA) especially since the insurgent group will celebrate its founding anniversary this month.

He said police chiefs should adopt a tight defensive posture, be more vigilant, and coordinate with other friendly forces.

“Yes, we are always expecting for enemy assaults because of the series of encounters in Himamaylan and Isabela, plus the arrest of NPA supporters in Bacolod City last month,” he said.

Under the “red alert” status, Baleros added that all leaves are canceled and police personnel are required to report to their respective police stations. (TDE)


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