OFFENSE not defense.
Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Chief Prudencio Bañas told members of the Bohol police force following the ambush of Chief Insp. George Caña, the head of Ubay Police Station in Bohol, last June 7.
Bañas attended Capitol's Independence Day activity, Thursday.
He told reporters that his standing order to all Bohol policemen is, “Tuloy and laban, hanapin pa sila. Bakit ka matatakot (The fight continues, find the assailants. Why should we be afraid)?”
It reached Bañas the a drug syndicate will avenge the death of their six comrades including former policeman Owen Rosales, who was reportedly the group's leader.
The six people died in a shootout with Bohol policemen less then a day after Ubay was shot dead.
Bañas directed the police to be in the offensive and hunt down the members of the drug syndicate and neutralize the group.
"If you are afraid, then leave the service. Why join if you are afraid to face criminals?” the newly designated Central Visayas commander said.
Bañas made these statements when reporters asked him for the status of the incident in Bohol during the Independence Day celebration.
Two days after the shootout in Bien Unido, Bohol, PRO 7 deputy regional director for administration Orlando Ualat directed his intelligence officers to validate information that some active policemen and politicians in Bohol are involved in the illegal drug trade.
Ualat directed Bohol police to be vigilant in case there is truth that Rosales' cohorts would avenge his death.
Threats should be treated seriously and should be reported to the higher ups, Ualat added.