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Bacolod: PNP to validate election ‘threats’ in Himamaylan City

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Bacolod City – The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office is validating reports on possible threats posed by the New People’s Army on the elections in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, following series of armed skirmishes between government forces and the rebel group in the hinterlands on March 25 and 26.

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PLt. Abegael Donasco, deputy spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, however said it is normal for NPA rebels to come down from the Red to White area when they would run out of logistical requirements, especially food.

Two sacks of rice and large cooking pots were among those recovered, aside from improvised landmines and explosives, as well as other war materials, from two encounter sites at Sitio Maliko liko in Brgy, Carabalan, Himamaylan City, after the March 25 and 26 encounters.

Donasco said they also noticed that local communist insurgents appear to be trying to get the attention of government forces.

Two suspected rebels died in the March 26 encounter as reported by the Philippine Army.

Donasco said it is the job of their police intelligence operatives to categorize the possible existence of armed groups, whether they are NPAs or private armed groups.

But as of now there is no conclusion on that matter, she added.

Himamaylan City has been placed under the Orange category due to presence of armed NPA rebels.

As to the deployment of more police personnel in Himamaylan City because of the May 9 elections, Donasco said it will undergo a validation by the PNP intelligence community.

If they will provide us information if Himamaylan City will be placed under Red category, and if more personnel should be deployed in the area, that’s the time we will do it, she added.

But as now, there are no instructions or changes in the classification, to either Red, Orange or Yellow category of Himamaylan City, Donasco further said. (Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)

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