PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday called on his men across the country to be on alert against stepped up efforts by the New People’s Army to gain more weapons by stealing guns from security forces and even security guards.
“In the wake of a series of armed hostilities staged by the local communist dissident terrorist movement, the National Headquarters has alerted anew all PNP field units to conduct counter-actions against stepped-up tactical offensive activities of the CPP/NPA dubbed ‘Supermarket’ aimed at collecting more firearms and equipment from police and military targets through raids and ambuscades on soft targets and other targets of opportunity,” the PNP chief told newsmen at Camp Crame.
Gen. Albayalde said that being targeted by the NPA’s Oplan “Supermarket” are undermanned police stations and even security guards. The idea is to conduct surprise raids on lightly-guarded police stations and steal PNP weapons and other equipment, he said.
In other instances, rebels steal the shotguns and handguns of unwary security guards, he added.
‘’We believe the increased activity by the CPP/NPA, in the recent series of hostilities, could also be part of its ‘saber-rattling’ tactics to project an image of strength to highlight the forthcoming CPP-NPA anniversary on December 26, and to bolster its extortion activities in the forthcoming election season next year,” Gen. Albayalde said.
“We likewise condemn these acts of lawless terror by the local communist movement against symbols of government authority,” he said in referring to the killing of four policemen in separate NPA attacks in Camarine Sur and in Aurora province last week.