Fighting drugs, terror remain PNP E. Visayas top priority

August 26, 2019

POLICE Regional Office 8 director Brigadier General Dionardo B. Carlos recently marked his first year as Eastern Visayas police commander with a resolve to fully fight drugs, corruption and terror posed by the New People’s Army.

The former Philippine National Police spokesman has been known for coining the word “RD’s 3 Ds” — First D for Distinct or for turning PRO8 into a home of professional policemen who render professional service to the public in order to make them a cut above the rest; second D is for Discipline in consonance with PNP chief General Oscar D. Albayalde’s discipline program; and the third D for Decorum or the remarkable modesty and etiquette which should be a norm in the Eastern Visayas police force as they daily meet and serve the public.

The member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 was named as director of the Eastern Visayas regional police force which is no stranger to him since he is also a “Waraynon”, born and raised in Guian, Eastern Samar.

That day saw around 100 heavily-armed New People’s Army guerrillas attacking the Lapinig Municipal Police Station in Northern Samar where they stole police properties and shot and wounded two policemen.

“Such atrocity prompted me to strengthen our camp’s defenses against NPA attacks and to conduct regular Combat Readiness and Security Survey and Inspection and to assess the capability of all PRO8 stations thru simulation exercises specifically on the three provinces of Samar which are known as the last NPA bastion,” Carlos said.

The veteran Special Action Force commando said that they embarked on program to fortify their stations, equip their personnel with the latest “move, communicate, shoot and investigate” equipment and other essential items including personnel protection materials like bullet-proof vests and Kevlar helmets.

The official said their trainings indeed brought significant results. Seven months after he assumed the top PRO8 post, officers and men of the Victoria Municipal Police Station in Northern Samar repelled an NPA attack despite being outnumbered.

Last March 28, members of the Victoria police station successfully defended their station from around 80 fully-armed NPA rebels getting them praises from Gen. Albayalde and the entire nation.

On that fateful day, the Victoria policemen engaged the rebel attackers in a fierce firefight killing three of the leftist gunmen and capturing another who turned out to be a young student.  That incident earned plaudits for the Victoria police personnel who really proved they can be outnumbered but never outfought. Last April 1, Carlos accompanied the brave Victoria policemen to Camp Crame where they received the Heroism Medal from Gen. Albayalde.

Those who got the medal were Victoria police chief, Lieutenant Eladio Alo and his men, Chief Master Sergeants Aime Cadiente and Marlon Ordonia, Senior Master Sgt. Arturo Gordo Jr., Master Sgt. Arnold Cabacang, Staff Sgts. Ramil Ramosa, Raul Francisco Jr. and Brande Esquillon, Corporals Bryan Ed Peñaflor, Jaykari Laurio, Eddie Edwin Diaz, Tracy Silagan and Jake Salesa and Patrolmen Ronnel Goco, Marlon Estropigan, Errol Montopair, Gerald Casyao and Jhonar Cris Bernadas.