Police, Army guard Sibugay town against armed group PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 June 2011 15:20

Police troopers and soldiers were dispatched to the township of Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay the other day to conduct seaborne and combat patrol in response to information received by the police that an armed group was sighted several times in the area in the past weeks.

Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Ruben Cariaga disclosed that  after receiving an information on the presence of the armed group in Payao and validating it, they proceeded to the area together with soldiers from the Army’s102nd Brigade under  Col. Santiago Baluyot.

Thereafter, the municipal officials of Payao held a Municipal Peace and Order Council meeting to address the problem on the armed group.
Cariaga said he has fielded more police troopers from the Provincial Public Safety Battalion in the area together army soldiers under Col. Baluyot to ensure the safety of the people in the municipality.

He said there is patrol boat from the Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command conducting seaborne patrol in the coastal area of Payao.
“As of now the situation in the area is normal and peaceful but people should be alert at all cost and vigilant,” Cariaga said.
Cariaga called on the people to help and support the government forces by giving information through text messages.

Meanwhile, Highway Patrol Group 9 Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Team leader SPO4 Nestor Bandigan reported to HPG-9 Chief Sr. Supt. Romeo R. Uy that his men have been on red alert and conducting random anti-carnapping operations in three different highways in the province.

He said their operations arer part of their security measures in support to the Ipil Police Station under Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca and ZSPPO and the Philippine Army.
Bandigan explained that the highway in Sibugay is very crucial because most vehicles passthe area from Zamboanga City to Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur. — Allen Abastillas