PRO8 condemns NPA Atrocities in Balangkayan

Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte – The New People’s Army (NPA) has raided Balakangkayan Police Station in Eastern Samar at about 7:30 P.M., March 7, 2016. 

The new Balangkayan Hall with the PNP Station on the side. (Rowel Montes)

Reports revealed, about 20 fully armed men believed to be members of CNN boarded two passenger van vehicles named Duptours bearing plate number AFA 3738 and HVU 270, respectively. Elements of Balangkayan MPS were surprised while they were having their dinner. 

Suspects carted away issued M16 rifles and .9mm pistols with magazines, shotgun, computer set and laptops. Said group fled to the direction of Brgy Balugo, Balangkayan, Eastern Samar. All police stations were directed to conduct checkpoints and Chief of Police of every unit were directed to be alert and to account their personnel. Inventory of all carted items are now being conducted by Balangkayan Municipal Police Station and investigation is being conducted by the Eastern Samar Police Provincial Office. 

Operations Division of Police Regional Police Office 8 immediately ordered to conduct a dragnet and pursuit operation to apprehend the CNNs in coordination with the AFP. It also coordinated with other intelligence community and mobilize Barangay Intelligence Networks (BIN) in Eastern Samar to locate the enemy and prevent future attacks. Likewise, PRO8 created fact finding team to investigate the lapses of the PNP and to identify the perpetrators for filing of appropriate charges in court. 

PCSUPT JOSE ERWIN T VILLACORTE, Acting Regional Director of PRO8 condemns in the strongest manner the CNN’s recent attack on Police Stations. The CNN has evolved from an ideological revolutionary group to one conducting acts of banditry out of desperation since the people are hesitant to give in to their demands. 

PRO8 is on top of the situation. The long arm of the law will be used to hold them responsible for their criminal acts. The public is assured that the PNP, in collaboration with the AFP, will remain relentless in maintaining the peace and order in the country. In this regard, the PNP needs every member of the community to fulfill their social responsibility by assisting law enforcement agencies in reporting the activities of these threat groups. 

The PNP encourages the public to be more vigilant and to continue in helping the authorities in denying the CNN to wreak havoc in the community by way of reporting any presence of any armed group or NPA in their locality. Together, their treacherous acts will end as they masquerade themselves as people’s protector but they actually take pride as terrorist do in fomenting violence in the community. Furthermore, the PNP encourages the public to immediately report relevant and timely information on presence or any criminal activity perpetrated by CPP-NPA through social media (Twitter - @Pro8Pcrd or Facebook Page – Pulis ha Rehiyon Otso) or through the following: Dial 117 or text 2920; RPCRD 09173238683/09088146421; RTOC 09173114794/09478907155 and Isumbong Mo Kay Tsip 09178475757.
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