THE police force in Northern Mindanao Region is beefing up its security in time for the 47th anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA) on Tuesday, March 29.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it is watching closely the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Misamis Occidental where the law enforcement agency identified as having strong NPA presence.
Superintendent Surki Sereñas, PNP-Northern Mindanao information officer, said they are keeping round-the-clock checkpoints, as well as increasing their barangay intelligence network, within their area of responsibility.
Sereñas said they have been on full alert status since the start of the election period, but with the NPA’s founding anniversary they are sharing the information they have gathered on the ground with the military for assessment.
Although the police have not yet received any report of any possible attacks by the Maoist insurgents he said they have been keeping their vigilance especially in the three provinces.
Sereñas has warned the public not to cause panic by passing around text messages from unknown sources.
Founded by Bernabe Buscayno on March 29, 1969, the NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
In the past few months, the NPA has carried out attacks against government soldiers and armed paramilitary groups in various parts of Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions, and even admitted responsibility for the burning of properties owned by private corporations in Bukidnon last year.