PNP chief: Protect Negros vital installations from rebels

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Director General Ricardo Marquez directed Chief Superintendent Conrado Capa, officer-in-charge of Police Regional Office-Negros Island Region, to conduct preventive measures to protect vital installations in Negros Island.

The directive came after a group of New People’s Army (NPA) abducted a member of Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB), or Kapatiran para sa Progresong Panlipunan (KPP), when they ransacked a fighting cock farm at Hacienda Jamandre, Barangay Robles in La Castellana Thursday night.

On Friday morning, two rebels and a soldier were killed during an encounter in Hinoba-an.

Marquez, who was in Bacolod City Saturday for the launching of the Department of Interior and Local Government-Negros Island Region offices, told Capa to check the areas were the crime incidents happened.

Marquez said Capa should coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to make sure that vital installations are protected against the possible attacks of the NPA.

“It is normal for them that every December, they (rebels) will make noise,” the PNP chief said.

On December 26, the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA will celebrate its 47th founding anniversary.

Although Thursday’s incident was not alarming, Marquez said the PNP should protect the community and the public structures.

Senior Superintendent Samuel Nacion, officer-in-charge of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said the La Castellana Municipal Police Station together with the Regional Public Safety Company are still conducting follow-up operations to rescue Cirilo Bagnuran.

Bagnuran, 42, was captured even as he and farm owner, RPA-ABB leader Rene Europa, 42, tried to fight the rebels.

Nacion said they have not received any information or proposed negotiation for the release Bagnuran.

He said that since Bagnuran is a former NPA member, there could be a grudge between him and his former comrades.

Policemen are still gathering evidences for the filing of abduction and threat charges against the NPA. (MAP)

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