One strike policy

Cop head to roll if station is attacked by NPA
POLICE precinct station commanders will immediately be relieved if rebels could stage attack in their stations.

And following the doctrine of command responsibility, city directors and provincial commanders are not exempted.

A “One-Strike Policy” order was released by the Regional Police Office XI, headed by Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, to all police commanders in the region following the attacks of communist rebels in at least two police stations in Luzon.

The precinct commander will be relieved once the communist rebels overran his/her station and carted away firearms,said Sr. Insp. Maria Theresita Gaspan, the spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), told reporters yesterday about the order.

Gaspan said the relief order includes the city and provincial directors if there are already two rebel atrocities happened under their command.

“It is also a good motivation for a station commander to strive hard,” Gaspan said.

The order came out following the NPA attacks in two police stations since last month. On April 29, NPA attacked the police stations of Maddela town in Quezon and killed one police officer. On May 4, the rebel also attacked a police station in Amulung, Cagayan.

DCPO chief Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum has directed   his 12 precinct commanders to always be on alert, especially on vital installations.

Out of the 12 police precincts in the city, the stations in Marilog and Paquibato are prone of the NPA attack. Both districts are in the hinterlands of the city.

Gaspan said there will be a series of simulation exercises on camp defense plan that will be conducted to prepare for tactical and operational operations.

There will also be an augmentation of force as the City Public Safety Company (CPSC) will be deployed to assist on the insurgent problem. They will help the police precincts by conducting preventive patrol to monitor the presence of the NPAs.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has deployed a battalion of soldiers as additional force in Davao region, particularly in the city.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has requesting the AFP for additional force in the city to combat insurgency and terroristic attack.

Communist rebels staged simultaneous attacks against the Lapanday Food Corps last April 29, burning box and plastic plants and a ranch in in two barangays in the city and a plastic plant in a barangay in the neighboring Panabo City in Davao del Norte.

The commanders of the three police stations were already relieved following the attacks.