SAN NICOLAS, Pangasinan— Mayor Rebecca Saldivar on Saturday assured the situation is already under control following the second encounter between government forces and New People’s Army (NPA) members in remote Barangays Malico and Sta. Maria here in less than a month.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are continuously conducting clearing operations and intelligence monitoring, Saldivar said.
“I am appealing to the public to remain calm, be alert and get involved against threat groups like NPA,” Saldivar said after attending Saturday morning’s Command Conference called by Police Provincial Director, Sr. Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee, and attended by different heads of police and military security units.
It can be recalled that three suspected NPA members were killed in an encounter between policemen and NPA troops at around 5:20 p.m. Friday in the boundary of Barangays Malico and Sta. Maria, San Nicolas town..
Earlier on July 28, PO2 Aries Tamindong of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 was killed in an encounter with NPA members .
The mayor also appealed not to believe baseless information or false news that are circulating, and rely only on official reports of proper authorities.
She urged the people of San Nicolas to always notify or report suspicious-looking personalities or incidents to the police.
“Rest assured that the local government, the PNP and AFP are determined to put an end to the deplorable acts of the enemies and will always ensure that the enemies will never threaten the peace and order of our beloved municipality, San Nicolas,” she added.