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PNP, AFP organize task force to neutralize partisan armed groups

by Oliver Baccay

Tuguegarao City (4 March) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) has organized six task forces to neutralize identified Partisan Armed Groups (PAGs) in Cagayan Valley Region.

Police Chief Supt. Roberto M. Damian, PNP 2-Regional Director, said the effort is part of PNP-AFP?s maintenance of peace and order situation in the forthcoming elections in the region.

Damian said anent to this, the joint AFP-PNP is strictly conducting intensified implementation of Oplan "Sita" and Oplan "Bakal" targeting convoys of candidates maintaining PAGs.

"We positioned checkpoints in identified strong points in the region for entry and exit of Partisan Armed Groups", Damian said.

On the implementation of gun ban, PNP reported a total of 31 assorted firearms, 4 bladed weapons, 5 grenades and 3 other explosives were accounted. In line with this, 36 persons were arrested, 22 cases were filed in court while 9 cases are still under investigation pending the filing of appropriate charges before proper court.

Damian also reported that they received 115 applications for security detail of political candidates. He said 103 were granted temporary security detail while 12 are still under process.

"In line with this we are also conducting massive information dissemination on policies which are strictly implemented this election period such as gun ban, provision of security detail and latest COMELEC resolutions", Damian added.

He further stated that they are doing continuous monitoring of critical areas where elections related offenses are committed during previous elections. (PIA 2) [top]

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