Threats of abduction vs. cops remain high, police say

Peace and Order • Wed Sep 20, 2017 03:12 PM  •  56   0
By Malu Manar
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KIDAPAWAN CITY  –  A police officer in Makilala, North Cotabato has disclosed that threats of abduction of his men from the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) remain ‘high.’ 

Chief Inspector Johnny Rick Felongco Medel, Makilala police station chief, said he based his report from the information he gathered from the intelligence community. 

“We have been receiving reports that some members of the Makilala Police would be the next target of the NPA,” said Medel. 

To counter this, Medel has heightened security alert among his men. He said he doesn’t want a repeat of what happened with Police Officer 1 Bristol Catalan, member of the Makilala PNP the NPA rebels abducted on August 16 in a remote village in Kidapawan City. 

Catalan, up to this writing, is still being held captive by the NPAs despite calls from Kidapawan Diocese Bishop Colin Bagaforo and local officials from Makilala and Kidapawan City. 

Bagaforo said he has sought help of three priests from the Diocese of Kidapawan and a pastor from another religious congregation to negotiate for Catalan’s safe release. 

On August 26, Bishop Bagaforo has to record his urgent appeal and have it played daily over Catholic-ran DXND.   

The appeal was addressed to the leaders of the NPA, Communist Party of the Philippines, and the National Democratic Front operating in the provinces of North Cotabato, Davao del Sur, and Bukidnon.
 

“The appeal would be aired over DXND until such time Catalan is released from captivity,” said the radio station’s management. 

Meantime, the red alert status, according to Medel, doesn’t prevent the Makilala PNP from pursuing other criminal elements, including those involved in illegal drugs and illegal gambling.  
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