POLICE forces in Zamboanga Peninsula have been placed on alert against possible hostile actions that might be carried out by the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front-New People's Army (CPP-NDF-NPA) in line with its 44th founding anniversary.
The CPP-NDF-NPA is set to mark its 44th founding anniversary on March 29 and the government noted that the insurgents stage attacks as they are about or celebrating their anniversary.
Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula Chief Superintendent Juanito Vaño said he has ordered his forces to be on alert and to initiate defensive measures to pre-empt any possible violence that the CPP-NDF-NPA may carry out ahead of the scheduled anniversary.
"Secure all police camps, vital installation, economic key points and places where people converge. Work and coordinate closely with the local government units, our force multipliers and the military, to prevent harassments of PNP personnel, ambuscades, raids, and sabotage of cell sites," Vaño said in his directive addressed to his city and provincial directors.
His area of jurisdiction covers the police commands in Zamboanga City and the three Zamboanga provinces - Zamboanga dell Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay.
Vaño told his field commander that the NPA might employ tactical guerilla style warfare on soft targets such as isolated and less fortified police and military outposts, government installations and infrastructure and vital facilities in the region. (Bong Garcia)