By NITZ ARANCON
MISAMIS Oriental Vice Gov. Jose Mari Pelaez yesterday proposed an executive and legislative meeting to assess the peace and order situation in the province in view of Sunday’s New People’s Army attack in Binuangan town.
Pelaez said this even as he expressed fears over talk that the NPA was planning to carry out more offensives in the eastern areas of the province.
Pelaez, who chairs the provincial board’s committee on peace and order, said he would coordinate with the Provincial Peace and Order Council headed by Gov.Yevgeny Vincente Emano.
“Maayo nang magkahiusa kami sa paghisgot with the governor aron atong masayran ang peace and order situation, labi na sa 1st District sa Misamis Oriental,” he said.
Pelaez said police regional director Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb and other police officials in the region and the province should give the capitol a clearer picture of Misamis Oriental’s peace and order situation.
“Atong gusto masayran gikan sa atong mga PNP officials kon ila na bang na-validate ang mga reports nga atong magakadunggan nga isunod daw sa NPA ang pag-attack sa Gingoog, Talisayan ug uban pang lungsod sa 1st District,” Pelaez said.
At Camp Evangelista, Maj. Gen. Ronald Villanueva called the Dec. 3 NPA assault on the Binuangan town police station as a failed “terror attack.”
Villanueva said the town police officers were resilient and stood their ground, and there was an outpouring of support for them by the townsfolk that foiled the NPA plan.
He also criticized the NPA rebels for seizing the vehicles of civilians and using these for their getaway.
“This is a clear and undeniable proof that they really do not care about the safety of the masses. All they want to do is to sow fear,” he said.
Meanwhile, Camp Alagar ordered police security operations throughout northern Mindanao to be intensified in an effort to avoid a repeat of the Binuangan attack, said Supt. Lemuel Gonda.