PNP to neutralize private armed groups in Samar
By Eli C. Dalumpines
Tacloban City (13 November) -- Private armed groups of politicians here may be well-armed and powerful, especially during election period, but the Philippine National Police (PNP) will no longer allow them to terrorize the Samarnons.
PNP Provincial Director SSupt. Asdali Idja Abah, in an interview over the weekend, said the police have already devised schemes to neutralize the private armies of politicians in Samar.
He, however, refused to reveal what these schemes are since divulging them before the public, according to him, will foil such moves. But he stressed that they have already made initial steps to check the activities of these groups.
In line with this, Supt. Abah urged politicians to give the police a free hand in their campaign to end violence which are common in Samar, particularly in the 1st district, during elections.
He, likewise, directed the local chiefs of police in all the towns of the province to refrain from any partisan activities and never to submit to the dictates of politicians.
Supt. Abah informed he already reprimanded the COPs of some towns in the 1st district for failing to confirm reports of a number of killings that took place in the towns of Gandara and San Jorge.
The police director said though that he cannot qualify as of the moment whether those killings were perpetrated by the private armed groups. But the weapons used, he said, will pinpoint such groups as perpetrators.
Supt. Abah cited the case in Brgy. Buenos Aires in Gandara town where the suspects used an M16 Rifle and a.45 caliber pistol in killing a victim who was also a murder suspect. (PIA-Samar) [top]