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Bicol police stations placed on heightened alert

LEGAZPI — The Police Regional Office 5 alerted all police stations in Bicol region against possible attacks by the New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels, a top official said Thursday.
Chief Supt. Antonio Gardiola Jr, police regional director, said he gave his orders to all provincial directors, field officers and chiefs of police to stay alert and remain vigilant as the communist rebels are intensifying their insurgency operations especially in Sorsogon province and some other parts of the region.
Gardiola gave his orders during a closed door meeting of the regional director with his provincial directors and some high ranking officials at the Multi Purpose Building of Camp Gen. Simeon Ola.
PRO5 gathered intelligence reports about the plans of the NPA rebels to attack goverment forces in retalliation to the killing of Magno Hubilla alyas "Bunso", a high ranking rebel official in Casiguran during an encounter with police troops and Philippine Army recently.
"We urged the six provincial directors and officers in the field to supervise and monitor the preparation of all units under them and be guided always with the police operation most especially in the small PNP stations in the region — always prepared and stay alert," Gardiola added.
Gardiola is apprehensive with the recent situation especially in Sorsogon province because of the harrasement being conducted by the rebels in some areas after the bloody encounter of the members of the 31st Infantry Batallion in Barangay Casili in Casiguran town resulted in the killing of 1st Lt.Lee O. Tremedal,Cpl.Eugenio Bercasio and wounding of seven other soldiers.
The regional director alerted all his men and ordered personnel to go out of their stations to heighten police vissibility in strategic areas. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Sep-19 23.31.24 UTC+0800