The Caraga police goes on high alert in anticipation of attacks from the New People’s Army (NPA), which is celebrating its 48th founding anniversary on March 29.
Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix, Caraga police director said the heightened alert is meant to prevent the rebel group from harassing police stations or attacking vital government installations to embarrass the government.
Communist insurgents traditionally carry out sporadic attacks on police and military targets during the anniversary of the NPA to dramatize their devotion to armed struggle, Felix said,
The police official said he had ordered all commanders and personnel in the five provinces and six cities in the region to be always on “offensive mood rather than defensive posture” and to strengthen their respective headquarters and defense perimeters to avert surprise rebel attacks.
“Step up security consciousness and conduct round-the-clock security patrol in your respective areas of responsibility (AOR) .Everybody must be in offensive mode, so you (policemen) will not be caught flat footed,” Felix said.
Last Friday, combined troops of Agusan del Sur Provincial Public Safety Company, Third Maneuvering Company of 13th Regional Public Safety Battallion and Alpha Company of the 26th Infantry Battallion overran an NPA camp after an hour-long gun battle with communist rebels in the hinterlands of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Rosario, Agusan del Sur.
Recovered from the captured NPA camp were bomb-making paraphernalias, 157 cartridge cases for M-16, AK-47 and M-14 rifles, subversive documents and personal belongings of NPAs under Guerilla-Front Committee 14 of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).
No one was killed or wounded on both sides. By YUC