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PNP verifying ‘rumors’ of NPA sightings in Cagayan town

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, PHILIPPINES– The Philippine National Police in Gonzaga town in Cagayan is verifying the alleged presence of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, days before the opening of the town’s Dawa Festival.

In a Facebook post, the Gonzaga town police, under the leadership of Chief Inspector Edgar Manuel, said they are still “validating the hearsay for confirmation.”

Netizens on Sunday night, May 7, had widely shared posts about the supposed presence of communist rebels in Tuguegarao and Gonzaga, causing panic and fears.

“But as of now, we, the PNP and other friendly forces and other law enforcers, are doing our [utmost] capability to keep safe and maintain peace and order especially for this coming Dawa Festival,” the statement said.

They also advised the public not to panic as they assure them of their safety.

The Facebook posts came days after NPA rebels launched several attacks against government security forces in Cagayan Valley region, killing at least one policemen. (READ: PNP-Cagayan Valley chief condemns ‘barbaric’ NPA attack in Quirino)

The attacks have led to the relief of high-ranking officials of the PNP in the region.

(READ: Top Cagayan Valley police officials sacked after NPA attacksNorthernforum.net

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