By NITZ ARANCON
CONTRARY to reported sightings, the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office assured there are no presence of armed groups in the city’s upland villages of Tumpagon and San Simon.
City Police Director Senior Supt. Robert Roy Bahian said this in response to reported sightings of armed groups roaming around the hinterland barangays on Aug. 8.
Bahian said a day after the reported sighting, Task Force Oro of the Army, the Regional Public Safety Battalion in Camp Alagar, and Cocpo conducted a joint validation mission in the areas where armed groups were supposedly sighted.
Camp Alagar spokesperson Chief Insp. Mardy Hortillosa said even if the joint validation mission turned out negative, Bahian still ordered the station commander of Lumbia and Bulua to continue monitoring their areas of jurisdiction.
“We are continuously working hand in hand with the local government units, Army, Task Force Oro, and the populace to protect the people of the city and maintain the peace and order in the area,” Hortillosa said.
He added that Bahian is also asking the public, especially those who are living in the city’s hinterland barangays, to report to the police any sighting of armed groups in their area – Cocpo’s hotline numbers are 0936-401-7888 and 0998-598-6972.