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Support PNP, AFP; Don’t make them feel abandoned – Lacson

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 12:46 PM April 01, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator  Panfilo Lacson on Monday  rallied behind  the  police and  military amid questions raised over the killing of  14 farmers suspected to be communist rebels in separate operations against loose firearms in Negros  Oriental over the  weekend.

Instead of condemning them, Lacson  said the public  should support  the  Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed  Forces  of the Philippines (AFP) personnel.

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“Without prejudice to the findings of a formal investigation that may be contrary to the PNP’s version of the Negros Oriental operations, all peace loving Filipinos should support our police and AFP personnel for risking their lives to keep our communities safe and secure from bad elements, instead of condemning them only because highly partisan and  leftist organized groups are busy with their usual propaganda efforts to harass our troops from sustaining their anti-insurgency and anti-criminality campaign,”  he said  in a statement.

“When farmers possess rifle grenades, fragmentation grenades, handguns, shotguns, ammunition, phones and subversive documents, it says a lot about their tactics in their insurgency campaign aimed at a protracted guerilla warfare aimed at overthrowing the duly constituted authority,” Lacson added.

Authorities said the 14 individuals killed  in separate police operations  in Canlaon City and two towns in Negros Oriental province  last Saturday  were suspected communist rebels.

READ: 14 killed in PNP, Army operations vs loose firearms in Negros Oriental

But the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA)   claimed  otherwise, saying eight  of those killed were farmers from Canlaon City.

READ: Probe urged into Negros Oriental killings

Lacson, a former PNP chief, also urged  the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of National Defense to provide all the necessary legal and other forms of assistance to government troops,  “and not make them feel abandoned.”

“Now, more than anytime, they should be assisted by their superior officers until and unless it is proven that they violated the established rules of engagement and the existing laws of the land,”  he stressed.  / gsg

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