Police warns on bogus checkpoint by the NPA

THE Western Visayas regional police office warned the public and motorist on Wednesday against some checkpoints that set-up by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the region for extortion activities.

Regional Police Commander, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., issued the warning following the abduction of one soldier and a policeman in a checkpoint set-up by rebels in a remote village in Campostela Valley.

The police official was referring to a January 17 incident where around 30 heavily armed NPA rebels had set-up a checkpoint at Sitio Mangob, Brgy. Imelda, Laak, Campostela Valley.

“Even in the past or previous elections, we have been receiving reports that NPA rebels are also conducting their own checkpoint operations, mostly for extortion activities,” Cruz said.

The regional police commander said that NPA might still set-up their own checkpoints in the region especially in far-flung areas that have heavy rebel influence or away from police and military detachments.

“There are still some areas in Western Visayas that are still affected by the insurgency problem… we call on the people to remain vigilant and they should know the signs of real checkpoints,” Cruz said.

The regional police commander said that under resolution 9588 issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) only one checkpoint should be set-up by the police in each municipality.

Cruz added that every checkpoint must have a sign board to clearly identify that the said area is a Comelec/police checkpoint and police and military personnel manning the checkpoint must be in proper uniforms.

The police official added military and police personnel manning the checkpoints must be courteous in approaching motorist and observe the plain view doctrine and must not be under the influence of alcohol.

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