Pangasinan PNP on full alert due to fighting in Marawi City

DAGUPAN CITY — The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Pangasinan has been placed on full alert following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao as a result of the attacks in Marawi City.

Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, chief of the Police-Community Relations of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO), said the full alert status was ordered by Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee since May 23 and immediately after President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao.

Speaking during the “Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas KBP (KBP) forum” at the office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) on Thursday, Florentino said full alert status means all members of the PNP in Pangasinan, including those currently on leave must report to their respective stations or units immediately.

Under this status, all leaves by policemen are automatically cancelled.

Florentino said all policemen should be in their respective stations or units as there was a need to maximize all personnel for deployment initially in various tasks, like the conduct of checkpoints which should be done in a particular area at least three times a day.

Aside from the regular checkpoints,there will also be a need to intensify “Oplan Sita” police visibility in public places and the conduct of preventive patrols especially along the boundaries of Pangasinan with La Union, Benguet, Nueva Viscaya, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Zambales.

He added that since Pangasinan and Region 1 or any part of Luzon were not under martial law the plain view doctrine must be applied in all checkpoints and that policemen as usual must be courteous to all motorists.

“Yes, we apply the plain view doctrine. The human rights of the people must be respected at all times,” Florentino said.

Florentino said there was frequent sharing of intelligence reports between the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Pangasinan and were re-validating all information gathered to prevent what might be called “failure of intelligence”.

He added that Pangasinan remains peaceful and orderly and the people were not anticipating the trouble in Mindanao could be spilling into the province.

At the same time, most of the Muslim population in Pangasinan are peace-loving people and not one of them is sympathizing with the terrorists fighting government forces in Marawi City, he said. lvmicua/