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Matagal na pala alam? Iloilo cops reportedly warned of NPA attack last year

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The attack by the communist New People’s Army on a police station in Iloilo last Sunday may not have been a total surprise.

As early as June 2016, the Iloilo Police Provincial Office had beefed up security and personnel in its Maasin and Alimodian police stations amid reports of NPA incursions.

“It’s better safe than sorry,” then Iloilo police chief Senior Superintendent Roderick Augustus Alba said at the time.

For his part, Gov. Arthur Defensor reminded local leaders, including mayors, to treat intelligence reports seriously.

“Whether you think that that information is valid or not, give it attention. Also the public, whatever information you receive, report it immediately to the community or the proper authorities,” Defensor said.

Last year, intelligence reports indicated the NPA was planning to raid the two far-flung police facilities.

During last Sunday’s raid, at least 40 armed NPAs overpowered the nine police officers on duty at the station, and took 11 M16 rifles, 10 Elisco rifles and a handgun.

Investigation showed that before the actual raid, two suspected female NPA members went to the police station pretending to file a report in the police blotter.