CAMP TOLENTINO, Bataan – Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines officially declared over the weekend that Bataan has been free of insurgency.
The declaration came after the AFP led by BGen. David Diciano, Brigade commander of 702nd, and the Bataan PNP led by Sr. Supt. Benjamin Silo, Jr., police provincial director, held a joint meeting inside the Crown Royale Hotel here after carefully assessing the province’s insurgency status.
“We came up with a conclusion that Bataan has been free of insurgency, and we are now really peaceful. We have also been on the process of ridding Bataan with illegal drugs problem,” Col Silo said.
He expressed gratitude to Gov Abet Garcia for his full support to the police’s campaign against illegal drugs and criminalities, resulting to their operations’ success.
“Bataan is more safe now and this will transform into a more productive province since this will attract more investors to invest here,” said Silo.
Meanwhile, the PNP and AFP have established around 199 checkpoints in Central Luzon following President Duterte’s declaration of a State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence in Mindanao.
These checkpoints are meant to intensify police operations and maximize police visibility.
“I have directed our provincial and city directors as well as chiefs of police to supervise checkpoints and deployment of patrols in areas of public convergence and vital installations. Also, the entire Central Luzon Police Force is placed in full alert status and all leaves of police personnel are canceled at this time,” PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino said in a statement.
“The same rules on arrest still apply under State of Lawless Violence and all police units were reminded to strictly observe the prescribed Police Operational Procedures when conducting law enforcement operations, particularly when effecting arrests,” Aquino added.