POLICE Regional Office 7 director, Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas yesterday ordered all Central Visayas police personnel to be on full alert versus New People’s Army assassins targeting soldiers and policemen at any given opportunity in the region.
“I’ve instructed all my men to be wary of their personal security and to see to it that their camps and facilities would be fully secured from possible rebel harassments,” Sinas told the Journal Group.
Last Tuesday, Sinas said a suspected member of the NPA ‘Sparu’ unit in Cebu City was arrested in Guilhungan City in Negros Oriental. Suspect Elfie Boy Brigole, 20, yielded a sling bag containing a caliber .38 revolver with three live ammunition and a hand grenade when he was accosted in Sitio Lamacan in Barangay Malusay, the official said.
The suspect is now being held at the local police detention facility facing charges for illegal possession of firearm, ammunition and explosives.
The arrest of the suspect came two days after suspected NPA hitmen shot to death a militiaman identified as Joseph Gabia,39, and wounded a civilian named Jano Gorpio,23, inside a cockfighting arena in Bgy. Linantuyan, about 33 kilometers away from Guilhungan City proper.
An investigation showed that the two victims were inside the cockfighting arena when three armed men suddenly shot Gabia, a member of the Citizens Armed Auxiliary residing in Sitio Bugho, Bgy. Linatuyan without any provocation at 5 p.m. last January 6. The militiaman died on the spot.
A stray bullet fired by the suspects also hit Gorpio in his left foot.
Witnesses described the gunmen as between 17-22 years old and all dark-complexioned. All were armed with pistols. The suspects fled on foot towards an unknown direction after the attack.