The Philippine National Police in Palawan has downplayed the threat issued by the New People’s Army (NPA) against civilian authorities who have supported moves declaring them “persona non grata” in their communities.
PPO spokesperson P/Capt. Ric Ramos told Palawan News on Thursday that their security alert status remains “normal” despite the statement issued by the NPA recently.
Ramos said the PPO is ready to meet any threat, especially with the presence of the Police Mobile Force Company (PMFC) and the personnel of the 23 municipal police stations.
“As of July 10, nasa normal alert tayo pero ang implementation natin ng anti-terrorism ‘yong defense block system natin nandyan naman hindi naman tayo tumitigil,” he said.
He said they are ready to counter any potential incident to ensure the maintenance of law and order in the province
He added they are also conducting preventive patrols around Palawan to eliminate the opportunity for misconducts or hostile actions.
Ramos said the public should be alert in reporting suspicious activities or personalities in their communities to the authorities to prevent any possible incident.
“Kung may threat ‘yong mga local officials natin, municipal mayors or anyone i-report agad sa malapit na istasyon para ma-address and also ‘yon din naman ang sabi ng AFP natin at ng Western Command dahil magkatuwang naman kami sa responsibilidad na ito,” he said.
In May, the municipal council of Brooke’s Point passed a resolution declaring the rebel members as terrorists and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) as “persona non grata”.
By June, the towns of Taytay, Aborlan, Araceli, and Dumaran followed. The WESCOM said more towns in the province are expected to declare the same.
DILG Sec. Eduardo Año said local government unit (LGU) officials in the country should declare the CPP-NPA-NDF persona non grata in their jurisdictions to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to end the 50-year old communist insurgency.
He said the government has the intention to end the insurgency that was why the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTFELCAC) was established.