Checkpoints on full alert vs NPA attacks

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, yesterday ordered all 17 police regional offices to tighten their defenses and maintain their vigilance needed in repelling attacks from the New People’s Army and other armed groups in the countryside.

“Following three recent incidents of armed atrocities against police frontline personnel engaged in public safety and law enforcement operations, I am alerting anew all Police Regional Offices to implement security measures against possible hostilities by threat groups and lawless elements,” the PNP chief said.

Gen. Gamboa condemned the armed assault at policemen manning a Quarantine Control Point in Misamis Occidental that killed one cop and wounded three others; the roadside bombing in Maguindanao that killed a policeman and wounded several others; and the ambuscade perpetrated by suspected NPA rebels on two policemen riding a patrol  vehicle in Taytay, Palawan on Sunday morning.

“These incidents will not diminish our resolve to enforce the law and protect the communities against crime and lawlessness,” he said.

One of four policemen who were wounded after bravely repulsing a group of heavily-armed NPA rebels who attacked their outpost in Concepcion, Misamis Occidental on Thursday died while undergoing treatment in a local hospital shortly before noon Friday.

Corporal Marvin Intong succumbed to a gunshot wound on his right thigh which he incurred while fighting the NPA gunmen who harassed the Concepcion Municipal Police Station Quarantine Control Point in Barangay Upper Putongan 7:50 a.m. Thursday, said Misamis Occidental Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Danildo Tumanda.

The 29-year-old policeman left behind his grieving wife and a 3-year-old son.