More than 200 rookies completed their training on revised anti-insurgency tactics, boosting the National Capital Regional Police Office’s (NCRPO) manpower against rebels and unlawful citizens.
NCRPO chief Director Leonardo Espina said 233 policemen completed their revised PNP Special Counter Insurgency Operation Unit Training (SCOUT) at their headquarters in Taguig City.
“I am elated that our strength in our campaign against criminality is boosted… the NCRPO will continue to conduct and sponsor more trainings to update the knowledge and skills of our policemen,” Espina said.
He said SCOUT training hones a policeman’s skills on the strategies, capabilities, and efficiency on water search and rescue, air to ground operation, jungle survival training, water borne rescue and others.
The NCRPO chief said there are now 949 police officers in Metro Manila who have been trained in SCOUT, a mandatory requirement for all policemen with the rank of police officer 1. The training is aimed at improving their skills in counter-insurgency operations.
Meanwhile, government security forces arrested two alleged ranking members of the communist rebel movement in a village in Marikina City, police reports said on Saturday.
Initial reports from the PNP National Operations Center in Camp Crame identified the arrested rebels as Paolo Socrates Versoza and Grace Abartique Mendoza. The two were members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and National Democratic Front (NDF). The reports added that Versoza is the intelligence officer of the Samar Provincial Party committee, which is under the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee, while Mendoza is a medical officer.
The two were arrested by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) and the Eastern Police District (EPD) for robbery with homicide and illegal possession of explosives in an undisclosed place in Marikina City. Versoza and Mendoza are presently detained at the EPD headquarters in Pasig City.