October 20, 2018

VARIOUS quarters agree that the government’s nationwide campaign against terrorists, rebels and other criminals is best supported by the “wonders” of modern technology.

In fact, the government said the use of state-of-the-art drones will now be a norm in police operations, where they will serve as the Philippine National Police’s “eye-in-the-sky.”

PNP chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde said 700 drones worth P56 million will soon be distributed to the different police regional units across the country, notably their mobile groups.

Drones have proven to be very effective in monitoring any activity in a given area, including the presence of armed men, whether they are New People’s Army members or other terrorists.

Specifically, the hard-hitting and highly-effective PNP chief wants drones to be fielded during actual clashes and deployed in communities where there are sightings of many NPA rebels.

The idea is for the drone, which costs P80,000 each, to check the real ground situation during an armed encounter between government troops and rebel fighters.

Drones proved their usefulness when government security forces battled heavily-armed Maute and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists during the so-called “Marawi City Siege” in May last year.

Authorities said lawmen assigned to handle drones ought to undergo specialized training since a simple error may prove too costly and the drones would either be lost or totally damaged.

Clearly, the use of drones in the fight against terrorists, rebels and other criminals is a must if we are to bring down the number of slain or wounded troops during police and military operations.

Even the ordinary citizens approve it.