Marañon urges vigilance vs private armies

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Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. called on the Philippine National Police to remain vigilant against private armed groups employed by some politicians during the election period.

Marañon also commended the police for the neutralization of an armed group involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the province, the Visayan Daily Star reported.

Private armed groups should not be allowed to operate in Negros Occidental, the politiko stressed.

On Monday, four alleged members of a local drug group, including their leader, Mark Samson Aguirre, were killed in a firefight with the police in Barangay Santa Teresa, Manapla town.

Four assorted firearms, a fragmentation grenade, about P1.3 million worth of suspected shabu and its paraphernalia, two hand held radios, two cellular phones, P1,000 in marked money, and P850 in cash were confiscated from the suspects.

No casualty was reported on the government side.

The police units behind the neutralization of the Aguirre drug group are expected to receive awards from the Police Regional Office 6.