The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office has deployed more policemen at the defunct Maricalum Mining Co. compound in Brgy. San Jose, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, to prevent any violence that may further erupt, as a result of the conflict between property claimants.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday clarified that the presence of police personnel is meant to maintain peace and order.
There are four claimants of the levied former MMC property in Sipalay City.
Two weeks ago, a group of armed men disarmed security guards of G Holdings Inc. This was followed by the raid by National Bureau of Investigation agents, who also seized firearms and invited 21 security guards hired by another group of claimants for investigation.
The Sipalay police and troopers of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Mobile Force Company also intercepted two truckloads of scrap iron taken from the MMC compound, police records show.
In his meeting with MMC property claimants Monday, Castil said he explained to them that the additional police personnel in the area are tasked to maintain peace and order and protect all of them.
He added that a permit was issued by the city government of Sipalay for the transport of scrap iron outside the MMC compound.
Chief Inspector Romeo Vargas was replaced last week as police chief of Sipalay City in Negros Occidental, after serving as station commander for one year and six months.
Vargas was temporary replaced by Chief Inspector Nasser Canja in acting capacity.*GPB
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