BACOLOD City – Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, PNP-6 regional director, said the PNP is on top of the situation amid the series of killings owned up by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Central Negros.
In a span of three weeks, an incumbent village chief, a former barangay kapitan, a habal-habal driver, and a civil security of a mayor in Central Negros were gunned down.
The series of killings of village officials in Negros Occidental are not isolated because the NPA rebels have been there for almost four decades, Bulalacao told reporters here.
He added that the incidents should not cause fear in the public.
“The PNP is on top of the situation,” Bulalacao said.
He explained that the armed rebels murdered village officials because the latter did not support the NPA.
“This is their way of instilling fear among the communities so that the people will continue to support them,” he pointed out.
Bulalacao added that the killings perpetuated by the NPA rebels aim to project that they are still a force to reckon with.
“Actually this is a manifestation of their weakness,” Bulalacao said.
Bulalacao is encouraging the public to report presence of rebels to the authorities for immediate action.
He assured that there is no need for additional deployment of armed forces in the area because they “already have enough, and the members of NPAs here, are few.”