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PIA Press Release
2009/02/09

Police forces in Central Mindanao on high alert status against NPA

General Santos City (9 February) -- Not wanting to be upstaged by communist rebels, the Central Mindanao police command here is making sure that it is always prepared to huddle the worst at all times.

With this, its police forces are on "highest alert status" following the New People's Army (NPA) attack of a police station in the town of Tampakan, South Cotabato on January 29.

The attack by at least 50 rebels injured three cops, namely PO2 Armando de Sales, Admin Officer of Tampakan Municipal Station, PO3 Alex Bernal, radio operator and SPO3 Rolando Rejas, Supply PNCO aside from divesting the police station of firearms and ammunition.

Central Mindanao Police Chief Supt Fidel Cimatu has then directed all chiefs of police stations and mobile group directors in the whole Region XII "to maintain vigilance and monitor terror groups sightings to preempt untoward incidents from happening again…."

The rebels attacked the police station at around 11 o'clock night time engaging the policemen in a battle, however police had to move back at the latter part due to its small number.

Citing its defense contingency plans, Cimatu said the police are ready to deter any attacks from any lawless group warning particularly the Valentine Palamine Regional Operations Command, which is responsible in staging the attack in Tampakan police station.

Police and local officials including the town residents condemned the attack which also disarmed personnel from the nearby Bureau of Fire Protection office.

It also inflicted injuries to ambulance driver Clarito Cameo as a result of "a hand grenade that went off in the radio room of the municipal hall, just few meters away from the police station," Cimatu said.

Police forces here are also in tandem with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in a government's bid to capture Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels led by Ameril Umbra Kato, Abdullah Macapaar alias Kumander Bravo and Ameel Sulayman Pangalian, who remain at large.

The Philippine National Police has more than 4,000 active personnel to prevent any possible threats of terrorism.

Cimatu vowed that he will not take chances assuring the dedication of all police forces under him whom he urged to be always vigilant to safeguard the interest of people in Central Mindanao.

The police have already filed cases of multiple frustrated murder; multiple attempted murder; and malicious mischief versus Manuel Fernandez alias Commander Bobo, Noel Legaspi alias Commander Jeffrey, and one who was identified only by its alias Che Che Tacadad, Lemwell Sabino and several others. (PIA SarGen) [top]

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