Unusual troops movement at Camp Crame today
No, there won’t be any planned revolt or uprising by civilian and uniformed personnel at the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame today, the designated date for the simultaneous Christmas Party for all offices inside the camp and all other police offices in the country.
What I meant by “unusual troops movement” was that many police officers at Camp Crame are expected to march to the office of their favorite officers and bosses early today either to give gifts or solicit Christmas gifts, some of them in kind but many prefer cash.
Some media men, who are based in or outside Camp Crame, are also expected to do their rounds at the various offices, particularly the income generating ones, inside the camp.
Also, this is the time of the year when the various chiefs of offices at the camp would be making themselves scarce, escaping and avoiding the influx of well-wishers who they seldom see, except during the celebration of the Holiday Seasons.
During this season, although solicitation is “officially” banned among PNP officers, the traditional targets whom they will source their raffle and cash prizes for their individual offices’ party will be the illegal vice operators – the gambling lords, night club operators, smugglers, Chinese businessmen, and
other ‘rich’ police assets.
One of the offices whose personnel are expected to be merry this day will by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group as many expect that raffle and cash prizes will pour in for their Christmas party.
Of course, the other generous chiefs of offices will also try their best to make their personnel happy by personally providing them with substantial raffle items during their party today.
Meantime, the various PNP offices and units nationwide should not let their guard down during the Holiday seasons despite the “official” declaration of cessation of hostilities for 19 days by the CPP/NPA.
The PNP has declared a Suspension of Police Operations (SOPO) while the AFP has declared their own Suspension of Military Operations (SOMO) against the rebels apparently to give their troops a chance to visit their family and loved ones during this season.
Last week, based on the PNP Journal, the CPP/NPA launched at least ten raids in the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao, and in the Bicol Region.
The latest big attack came late last week when the rebels planted a land mine and assaulted a group of soldiers in Northern Samar. It left 10 soldiers and one 10-year old boy dead and two other soldiers wounded.
I share the opinion of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile that he is not optimistic that the scheduled GRP-CPP/NDF peace talks in Oslo, Norway next month would come up with positive results if the rebels continue with their attacks against government troops.
Everybody wants peace to prevail in this country. But there appears no sincerity on the part of the Left if its political arm cannot stop its armed wing from continuously attacking government troops while they are about to sit in the negotiating table to talk peace.
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