LUCENA City -- Aimed at preventing communist guerillas’ atrocities, harassment and intimidation on the business sector in Quezon province, the Quezon Police Provincial Office yesterday hosted a dialog with owners of construction firms and big business establishments.
During the meeting attended by almost a hundred representatives from business sector, Quezon police director Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento and some members of his command group made a power point presentation on the present situation of the province’s peace and order.
Armamento elaborated to participants the precautionary measures that they should do to avoid being victims of the rebels and briefed them on what to do in the event that they were already being victimized.
Hotline numbers of police stations and military detachments and their respective commanders were also distributed to the participants.
Armamento also asked them to be vigilant and to cooperate with the government authorities, especially the police.
“We should strengthen our ties and help each other at all times. We need you and you need us to attain peace and progress in the province,” said Armamento while giving emphasis on the importance of partnership between the police and the citizenry.
Senior Supt. June Urriquia, the deputy director for administration, said the communist guerillas’ terroristic activities were merely aimed at showing the public that they are still around and can do harm.
Chief Insp. William Angway, commander of the Quezon Provincial Public Safety Company (QPPSC), which has jurisdiction in the entire province, vowed to support the local police through augmentation of personnel and patrolling within their respective areas.
Capt. Dennis Vicente Quintos, chief Intelligence officer of the Army's 201st Infantry Brigade said there are only 27 regular and armed members of New People’s Army (NPA) operating in the province as of third quarter of last year but admitted that the number had a slight increase in the succeeding quarter.
The meeting with business establishment owners called by Armamento was triggered by several sightings of NPA rebels in the province and the latest atrocity perpetrated by the latter.
Last Feb. 8, 30 armed men led by Joseph delos Santos, alias Ka Bingot, burned four heavy equipment of Rapid Foremost Construction company owned by Joey Ang, doing road projects in Bgy. Casay, San Francisco, Quezon.
Delos Santos and his men have been charged with arson by the police.