Surigao Norte police placed on red alert after abduction of 2 more cops

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) — Police stations in Surigao del Norte have been placed on red alert following the series of abductions of policemen by suspected New People’s Army rebels in the province.

Provincial police director Supt. Julito Diray issued the directive shortly after two more policemen were seized Sunday by alleged rebels in Barangay Pungtod, Alegria town.

On Sunday, Police Officer 3 Democrito B. Polvorosa and Police Officer 1 Marichel U. Contemplo, both assigned at Alegria Police Station were flagged down by suspected communist rebels and taken to a still unknown location.

“We must be on alert and vigilant,” Diray said in the directive, adding all police stations should put up checkpoints.

“We intensified our intelligence operations to monitor the movements and activities of the enemy in coordination of Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.

Last Wednesday (November 12) a rookie policeman identified as PO1 Junrie Amper was kidnapped by suspected communist guerrillas in a remote village in Malimono town. His captors have not sent word on his whereabouts.

The three policemen are still in the hands of their captors.

MindaNews tried to contact the NPA in Surigao del Norte, including National Democratic Front-Mindanao spokesperson Jorge Madlos but failed.

The NPA was yet to confirm if they have in their custody the three policemen.

On July 10 this year, four police officers were taken hostage by communist rebels in Alegria while the town’s police station was being attacked.

Nineteen days after, PO3 Vic Concon, PO3 Rey Oniel Morales, PO1 Joen Zabala and PO1 Edito Ronquino were released in a remote village in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte after the government declared a five-day ceasefire in some areas of the province. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)