Iloilo City, Iloilo - The entire Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO-6) will be on full alert during Labor Day celebration activities on Wednesday, May 1, as a contingency measure against such rebel group as the New People's Army (NPA, armed support group of the Communist Party of the Philippines) which may conduct atrocities against government troops and private installations on that day.
PRO-6 director, Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, Jr. said all field commanders are directed to intensify intelligence gathering, police visibility and other pro-active security operations.
All police personnel are also warned to assiduously watch out for liquidation plots that may be carried out by NPA forces.
"Naging kaugalian na po ng mga rebelde at progressibong grupo ang maghasik ng kasamaan tuwing Mayo uno. Di po natin papayagan na maging biktima tayo (It has been the custom of the rebels and other allied progressive groups to carry out nefarious activities during Labor Day. We will not allow them to victimize us with such activities)," he stressed.
Cruz also said that vital public and private installations will be under tight watch by the police in coordination with the AFP as these facilities, too, are common targets of NPA bombings.
Meanwhile, PRO-6 directed police units in highly urbanized cities and capital towns to organize their Crowd Dispersal Management (CDM) contingents to ensure peaceful and orderly rallies and demonstrations by various organizations on Labor Day.
"We respect the rights of everyone to hold peaceful assemblies and rallies. We are also committed to uphold human rights at all times," Cruz stressed.
He, however, enjoins groups intending to mount street demonstration to abide by the laws, ordinances and other rules and regulations.
Cruz also issued a warning for the public to watch out for groups and organizations that may urge them to join rallies and other activities contrary to law, peace and order on May 1.