Bohol leaders draw plans
To deny rebels’ re-entry
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 25 (PIA) – INTENT on maintaining Bohol as insurgent free after its declaration a year and seven months ago, local authorities immediately spread the battle plans for winning the peace by denying the re-entry of the insurgents.
This, upon reports by at least three towns that there have been unidentified men believed to be members of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New Peoples Army of the National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) roaming in some villages.
Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto insists on the cooperation of communities in monitoring and reporting the presence of unidentified men so the police and army could be informed while he stressed that men with criminal intent would think twice when they enter areas where people could report them.
Police and Army intelligence operatives are now coordinating to trace the location of some unidentified men who have been reportedly roaming as a band in some Bohol towns.
Local Government officials also promised to get to the areas where there is a probability of these terrorists contacting their mass base for support.
Although some of these reports emanating from some army-organized Barangay Intelligence Network (BIN) operatives, Loboc police identified at least one incident of a legal front allegedly identified with the left, enticing youth leaders in Loboc town.
PSinspector John H. Gano of the Loboc Police Station confirmed the reports that at least four youth from barangay Calunasan Norte of the town has been invited to seminars and a rally in Tagbilaran City, which had speakers lambasting the government and its leaders.
At the Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis held in Loboc June 19, Loboc Deputy police chief Pinspector Francisco Auguis reported the son of an alleged high ranking leader of the local CPP/NPA/NDF Roy Erecre organized the youth in Calunasan in the guise of leadership trainings and sports activities.
The four recruited members admitted that the young Erecre and his companions came in bringing a legal front identified as Kabataan Partylist and enjoined them to more leadership trainings in Southern Leyte.
They also alleged that in their seminars, which were held at either the Boy Scouts building and another commercial establishment in the city had youth speakers from Cebu lambasting the government.
On this, Psinspector Gano said they immediately conducted Police Integrated Patrol System and increased police visibility in Calunasan and its neighboring villages.
On the other hand, in nearby town of Sevilla, PSinspector Basilides Balistoy also shared at the TSIP that his station received reports of locals sighting unidentified men in backpacks carrying sacks believed to be concealing long fire-arms in a sitio he named as Sinak-ag Uwang.
Succeeding verification and surveillance however proved negative but he said he has instructed his men, in coordination with the army special forces and local government officials to beef up government presence and visibility to discourage the apparent attempt of the rebels to re-organize.
Barangay officials of Batuan town accordingly shared similar reports or sightings of unidentified men believed to be government branded communist rebels, said a deputy of Pinspector Romeo Jamero who added that the sightings were in barangay Rosariohan.
This had its local police detachment on red alert.
Meanwhile, a company of soldiers arrived here Tuesday to beef up military presence and bolster the joint peace and security coordination agreement between internal security operatives and the local police.
Some 70 officers and men of the Army Special Forces landed in Bohol Tuesday morning from Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, national base of the special forces.
Army Special Forces battalion commander Romeo Brawner stressed that the reinforcements are here to ascertain that insurgents from other provinces will not be able to come back anymore.
“We put a premium on our peace and security here in Bohol, especially now that we are achieving a high level, high degree of development, especially on the area of tourism,” the former spokesperson of the Philippine Army said in radio interviews. (Rey Anthony Chiu)