THE Philippine National Police (PNP) launched counter-actions against the New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros Island following the killing of two policemen in a rebel ambush in Candoni town on Thursday.
PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said Negros Island Police Regional Office is carrying out massive offensive operation against the communist rebels in coordination with Armed Forces (AFP) in the island.
The order, Mayor added, was also issued to all Police Regional Offices across the country that were reminded to be more vigilant against to further attacks by the rebels and other lawless elements.
“They were reminded to be more vigilant, enhance personal security and conduct preventive and proactive operations in coordination with AFP Units against the CPP/NPA, lawless elements and criminal groups to prevent similar incidents,” Mayor said.
Meanwhile, the PNP hierarchy offered sympathy to the families of Police Officer (PO) 3 Joe Harry Peralta and PO1 Henry Pacheco of Candoni Municipal Police Station (MPS) who died in the ambush.
The slain policemen will be accorded appropriate funeral honors befitting their heroism in the police service.
The victims were in the team led by Senior Insp. Varie Villanobos, Candoni police chief, that responded to a hacking incident when attacked by the NPA rebels.
Wounded in the ambush were PO2 Jay Arroyo and PO1 Modesto Bina, and a civilian identified as Rey Duales.
The ambush incident took place a few days after six policemen, who responded to a burning incident by NPA rebels, were also killed in an ambush in Baggao town, Cagayan.