Contractors told: Ask police help for protection

first_img“Do contractors report to policestations that they have projects in certain municipalities? On the part of themayors or local chief executives, they don’t know who are the contractorsoperating in their areas. When problems arise, that’s the time they will go tolocal leaders and ask for help,” Palabrica said. Vilela refused to drop names butassured the Provincial Board members IPPO would provide security to localofficials. When he was assigned to the PoliceRegional Office 2 (Cagayan Valley), Vilela said that as directed by theircommander, the police support and cover construction companies operating in thehinterlands. Vilela advised contractors to informlocal chiefs of police of their road projects, especially in the mountains. Provincial Board members also askedupdates from the IPPO top cop on the issue of Iloilo mayors who allegedlyacceded to the rebels’ “permit to campaign scheme during the May 2019elections. Provincial Board member Matt Palabricainformed Police Colonel Roland Vilela, IPPO director, that one contractor hedid not name sought his office’s help against the New People’s Army (NPA). “We have personnel from our mobilegroup to help with this development,” he said. “The contractor asked for assistance.They want to stop paying revolutionary tax,” Palabrica said. On Sept. 11, suspected members of theNPA torched two transit mixers and one backhoe at a concrete batching plant ofWilkinson Construction in Barangay Igcocolo, Guimbal town. Wilkinson Construction undertakesgovernment road projects in the 1st District of the province. He added: “Most of the time” localleaders do not know if private companies give in to the extortion demands ofthe terrorist group.” ILOILO – The Iloilo Police ProvincialOffice (IPPO) advised contractors of government projects in the hinterlands toinform them of their operations for protection. He said the names of those who aidedthe rebels are being validated. (PNA)last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *