NORTH COTABATO -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in North Cotabato is on heightened alert as the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA) marks its 45th anniversary today.
Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Danilo Peralta said all police stations and outposts in the remote villages, especially those near the boundaries of Davao Del Sur and Bukidnon, have been very keen and are on the lookout for possible attacks by the rebels.
Although the official did not disclose their security scheme, Peralta said this is based on incidents in the past when the CPP-NPA celebrated its founding anniversary.
"Historically kapag anniversary nila nangha-harass sila, they attack our police. At ewan ko nga ba bakit nila ginagawa iyan. Ang pulis naman natin ay gumagawa ng mabuti sa komunidad at yan ginagawa nila," he said.
Police said the arrest of the Tiamzon couple also added to the need for heightened alert in North Cotabato and in the mountainous areas near Bukidnon and Davao Del Sur.
As of posting, NPA-infested towns in North Cotabato are generally peaceful, the police official said.
These are the towns of Makilala, Arakan, Antipas, Pres. Roxas, Magpet, Tulunan, Mlang and Matalam.
The PNP and the military will continue to monitor the situation until next week.