PNP Chief Bacalzo visits Panabo City today

Subscribe Now March 23, 2011 at 12:36am

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Raul Bacalzo will visit Panabo City today (March 22, 2011) to boost the morale of the Panabo City police force, who repelled a daring NPA attack last Sunday. A police officer and four others were wounded during the 30-minute firefight at around 10:15 p.m of March 19, 2011.

PSSupt Edgardo Wycoco bared Police Dir. Gen. Bacalzo will recognize the gallantry of the PNP personnel manning the station at that time, who repulsed the daring rebel assault.

He will also visit the wounded police officers and condole with the bereaved family of PO3 Narciso Pakiwag, who was killed in action during the attack.

Wycoco denied accusations the Panabo police committed some lapses during the incident.

Otherwise, according to him, the police station might have been overrun by the insurgents, resulting to more casualties and confiscation of firearms.

“Palagay ko wala naman, kasi kung may lapses talaga ay na-overrun na yung station, nakuha na yung mga baril at maraming mapatay sa ating mga pulis dun,” he said.

He generously praised the bravery of the PNP personnel who manned the station at the time of the assault for holding their ground and driving away the attackers.

“The mere fact na nakipaglaban yung ating mga pulis at napatakbo nila yung mga rebelde ay talagang ready sila,” he said.

The incidence was likened to a baptism of fire for PSSupt Wycoco, who barely warmed his seat as the newly-installed Provincial PNP Director of Davao del Norte, since he just assumed his post last March 17.

“Lagi na man tayong nakahanda sa trabaho. Nagkataon lang na biglang nangyari ito,” he shared, vowing to make good in performing his mandated duties as provincial police chief.

Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario also said the incident was an isolated one, since prior to the attack in Panabo City the Province of Davao del Norte is out of the danger area, as it is considered as one of the most peaceful provinces in Region XI.

He said the insurgency problem is not so much in Davao del Norte, but in neighboring provinces.

“The problem here is more on plain criminality, illegal logging, illegal drug trade, among others. There were no terrorist threats and attacks from the NPA, except the recent incident in Panabo City,” he said.

He reminded all the police stations in the province to be on their guard and to intensify their intelligence network in order to fend off similar attacks of the insurgents in the future.


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