The Western Visayas regional police leadership warned all personnel of a supposed plan by communist rebels to retaliate for the recent police-military operation in Capiz and Iloilo.
Brig. Gen. Rolando Miranda, regional police director, said there are reports that the Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay plans to avenge comrades who died after putting up a fight when security forces carried out raids in Tapaz and Calinog towns last December 30.
“The CPP-NPA will not let it pass. The operation will affect their entire organization since majority of the neutralized are their strong supporters,” Miranda said in a statement.
It can be recalled that nine people were killed, 17 more were arrested, and at least 17 firearms were confiscated when policemen, backed by soldiers, carried out raids in seven barangays of Tapaz and two in the adjacent town of Calinog.
The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s (CIDG) Regional Field Unit-6 said those who were arrested and killed were suspected rebels while some groups, including human rights watchdog Karapatan, said they were only leaders of the Tumandok tribe.
Miranda said rebels now plan to attack police camps or stations, vital installations, and uniformed personnel.
He reminded personnel to strengthen station and camp defenses to pre-empt untoward incidents.
Miranda also called on residents to tell police about suspicious persons roaming near stations and camps, and report individuals asking about personal details or activities of police personnel.
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