The Police Regional Office 6 will remain neutral in delivering public safety and security services, in connection with the ongoing dispute among the claimants of the Maricalum Mining Corp. site, at San Jose in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, Supt. Gilbert Gorero, PRO-6 spokesperson, said.
Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, PRO-6 regional director, has ordered the creation of the Joint Sipalay City Task Force (Multi-Law Enforcement Agency) by Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil Jr., provincial director of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, to sustain the orderliness and security of all residents, Gorero said.
The JSCTFis composed of the Negros Occidental Mobile Force Company, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit-6, Regional Civil Security Unit 6, Highway Patrol Group 6, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6, 6th Special Action Battalion, Philippine Coast Guard, National Bureau of Investigation, and other concerned government agencies, he said.
“Hence, we would like to assure the public that the Police Operational Procedure in conducting police response and police operation will be observed by all Philippine National Police personnel,” Gorero said.
The police are appealing to the elected officials, appointed national officials, and the community to cooperate in sustaining the peace and order in Sipalay.
“We encourage everyone to immediately reportthe presence of armed groups in the locality. Let us all work together in making Negros Occidental and the whole region a safer place to live, work, and do business in,” Gorero added.*GPB
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