MANILA, December 18, 2017 — The PNP high command has mobilized all its tactical and maneuver units for a coordinated offensive alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against remaining guerrilla fronts of the communist New People’s Army.
At the same time the PNP National Headquarters alerted all PNP units 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.
PNP Director for Operations Police Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan 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 (DIPO), Police Regional Offices (PRO), and National Support Units (NSU), 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,” he said.
Cascolan also 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,” he said, directing police commanders 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. (PNP-PIO)