Special Action Forces of the Philippine National Police and an augmentation of Philippine army rangers are now deployed to restore Guihulngan peace following the spate of killings including the ambush of six of their police officers which was claimed by the New Peoples’ Army (NPA).
This developed as a swift change of command was implemented by the PNP hierarchy following the personal visit of President Duterte to Guihulngan. He personally condoled with the families at the wake of the slain policemen and gave cash assistance and college scholarships to their children.
The newly installed Provincial Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental, Sr. Supt. Edwin Portento, hopes that the “Bohol Model” of cooperation between the community and law enforcement agencies can be emulated in the province.
“I will be very happy kung makokopya natin iyong Bohol model. The people cooperated very well with the police and the AFP, so in a short period of time nawala iyong problema nila noong nagpunta roon, naligaw doon ang Abu Sayyaf. (I will be very happy if we can adopt the Bohol model. The people cooperated very well with the police and the AFP, so in a short period of time, their problem with the Abu Sayyaf was addressed),” said Portento during the Kapihan sa PIA forum last Thursday, September 14.
“I believe we can also emulate that model. We should have cooperation between the community and law enforcement services like PNP, AFP, and NBI so we can take a good stride towards peace,” he added.
The Kapihan focused on crime prevention towards peace as the new Provincial Police Director of the province underscored the importance of partnership and cooperation among all sectors of the society in order to address existing peace and order problems.
Portento disclosed that he already paid a courtesy call to various sectors of the local community to seek support for PNP’s peace and order campaign.
Meanwhile, SPO2 Edilberto Euraoba III, information officer of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOrPPO), also reported in the same forum that the province registered a crime volume of 4, 889 for the month of January to August this year.
The volume of index crimes in the province, which is composed of crimes against persons and crimes against property, is at 1,206 while the volume of the non-index crimes for the said period is at 3,693.
Euraoba said the highest among the nonindex crimes are trafficrelated incidents with 1, 914 or 39%; followed by crimes involving special laws with 1, 325 or 27%; and then other non-index crimes with 454 or 9%.
The highest crime category for index crimes is theft with 475 crime volume; followed by physical injuries with 307; murder with 117; and robbery with 115.
Rape cases, which are also included in this category, has a total volume of 91.
Compared to the index crimes reported last year, theft remains to be the highest with a total of 736 cases in 2016 and 475 in 2017.