PRO7 Regional Director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas in presscon in Negros Oriental

¬†DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines- Amid a Malacanang pronouncement that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is mulling using his emergency powers to quell the spate of killings in Negros Oriental, the top police official in the region here said that everything is manageable. “Kung ako ang pangutan-on ninyo (if you are going to ask me) for the PRO7 and the army, I could always say that we could still manage the situation, from the point of view of ng mga polis (of the police),” Police Regional Office (PRO 7) Regional Director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas told the media here earlier today in Camp Francisco Fernandez in Sibulan town. Sinas was asked to comment on the statement of Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo that Pres. Duterte might opt to use his emergency powers to stop the killings that already claimed 17 lives that included four policemen, a former mayor, a city councilor, a school principal, a lawyer, two barangay captains, among others. Sinas was at first adamant to comment as the matter of declaring “martial law,” and using emergency powers is best left to Pres. Duterte but when pressed, he said, that “it could still be managed,” Instead, he will make rounds and visit all of the towns and component cities in the province to personally talk to the mayors and the other officials concerned. According to Sinas he did not receive any reports of imminent danger from the ground. “Let’s talk to the locals. I haven’t seen any local who said that their place is in crisis,” Sinas said as he was flanked by the relieved Negros Oriental Provincial Police Director Col. Raul Tacaca and the newly designated officer-charge, Col. Angelito Dumangeng. Sinas admitted however that mobile checkpoints and curfews are being implemented in some areas and they already have headways on the investigation of the killings where only about three can be clearly blamed to the NPA’s. That as three suspected New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels that fled from Ayungon town were arrested by the police in Badian, a southern Cebu town last Wednesday afternoon. The three were arrested in a beach area in Barangay Lambug where their hired motor banca (pump boat) docked from Ayungon. Danny Harold Tancinco, Ronnie Herebias and Marlon Basalo allegedly admitted that they were NPA members and were suspected to have participated in the killing of four policemen in Sitio Yamot, Barangay Mabato, Ayungon last July 18. The three suspects who were armed when arrested reportedly admitted that they fled after feeling the heat of the continuous police and military operations that are being conducted. They disembarked from their hired boat when the team of Lt. Col. Dominick Poblete of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) and the Badian police led by Lt. Ledevito Tadique pounced on them. “At about 1 PM of the same date, the described banca docked in Lambog (sic) Beach near the area where the police officers positioned themselves. They observed that three (3) armed persons with backpacks alighted from the banca and were briskly walking along the beachline. The banca immediately left after the three armed persons alighted,” a portion of the spot report of the incident said. The arresting team acted on a tip from the Barangay Intelligence Network (BIN) from Ayungon, it was learned. The Mount Cansermon New Peoples Army (MCC NPA) admitted to killing Corporal Relebert Beronio, Patrolman Raffy Callao, Patrolman Roel Cabellon and Patrolman Marquino de Leon tagging them as intelligence officers who worked against them. Aside from possibly declaring martial law, President Duterte also raised the bounty to P5 million for the arrest of the killers of the four policemen, dead or alive./AAJ


The 3 alleged NPA’s from Ayungon that were arrested in Badian, Cebu (Photo credit – PRO 7)