PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa yesterday ordered his men to join the Armed Forces in a coordinated offensive against the guerrilla movement which already has been tagged by President Duterte as a terror organization.
In a press statement, PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos said that “the PNP high command has mobilized all its tactical and maneuver units for a coordinated offensive alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines against remaining guerrilla fronts of the communist New People’s Army.”
Carlos said that at the same time, the PNP national headquarters has instructed all PNP forces across the country to maintain a high state of vigilance against possible hostilities by the CPP/NPA ahead of the 49th founding anniversary of the left-wing Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26.
Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan of the PNP Directorate for Operations, said based on historical data, the CPP/NPA is known to stage hostilities such as raids, ambuscades, and sabotage on isolated government posts and vital installations to highlight significant events in the terrorist movement.
In a Memorandum circulated among Directorates for Integrated Police Operations, Police Regional Offices and National Support Units, Cascolan reminded police units and personnel to initiate countermeasures against possible terrorist attacks by the CPP/NPA, and to observe individual safety and security against terrorist hitmen.
“Offense is always better than defense,” Cascolan said as he reminded PNP units to expect possible ambuscades and attacks to be launched by the CPP/NPA and other threat groups.
“Preventive and prophylactic combat patrols in coordination with the AFP should be launched in addition to target hardening of all camps and vital installations,” the PNP Director for Operations told police commanders as he directed them to “sustain and beef up law enforcement, security and safety activities.”
The Memorandum specifically instructed PNP units to assume a tactical and legal offensive stance by conducting all out operations in coordination and cooperation with the AFP.
Cascolan also encouraged PNP units to maximize utilization of technological capability and tools recently acquired by the PNP in going after the rebels.
The order includes the use of drones and GPS in monitoring the suspicious movement of large groups of men in areas known for the presence of NPA rebels.