The police chief of Baclayon on Monday morning confirmed before the municipality’s Sangguniang Bayan (SB) the alleged sighting of armed persons in the town in mid-June.
Sr. Insp. Jesus Daplin made the confirmation based on a statement of a Labb Construction employee who was assigned at a construction site in one of Baclayon’s villages where at least five armed suspects including four men and a woman were purportedly spotted.
The police chief was summoned by the SB after the alleged sighting at Barangay Cambanac was first reported during the previous Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) by the military on June 29.
However, Daplin assured that police have moved to secure the area particularly through the Countryside Development Program-Purok Power Movement (CDP-PPM).
Capitol’s CDP-PPM was crafted to be carried out by the military, police and provincial government employees in various barangays spread across the province.
Meanwhile, police have also already assessed the construction firm’s security and left direct contacts of police personnel for quicker response, said Daplin.
Earlier, Lieutenant Colonel Joel Malig Jr., commander of the Army’s 47th Infantry Battalion stationed in Bohol, said that around five persons were seen at a bunkhouse of the quarry in Barangay Cambanac.
One of them was armed with a 12-guage shotgun while another was carrying a gallon of gasoline as they headed toward the next village of Buenaventura. (Rey Tutas)