PNP suspends offensive
police operations against NPA until New Year
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 26 -- In line with the observance of the yuletide
season, Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ricardo A.
Marquez, declares the Suspension of Offensive Police Operations (SOPO)
against the New People’s Army (NPA) nationwide effective 12 midnight of 23
December 2015 to 12 midnight of January 1, 2016.
As part of the yearly tradition, the SOPO is observed and respected by all
units and personnel of the PNP that refrain the troops from initiating
offensive police operations against the NPA.
However, SOPO does not cover normal law enforcement operations including the
service of Warrants of Arrest.
Recognizing the inherent right to self-defense, all units still remain
on-guard and maintain a high state of operational readiness to respond to
any hostile actions.
According to the PNP Chief, extra precautionary and preemptive measures must
be strictly observed to avoid NPA attacks on vital installations and police
stations like the incident in Barangay New Eden, Pangantucan, Bukidnon on 12
December 2015 where personnel from Pangantucan Municipal Police Station were
ambushed while responding.
“So as not to jeopardize the spirit of the Presidential Directive, however,
all police units must exercise caution and restraint in the conduct of
movements and activities which may be viewed as provocative acts against the
NPA” PDG Marquez added.
The PNP will still continue to conduct active defensive measures such as
security patrols to protect all PNP camps, stations, vital installations and
civilian communities; route security, and strengthening of defensive
Previously, PNP units also conducted gun muzzle taping, in line with the
intensified efforts of the PNP against illegal discharge of firearms this
holiday season. (PNP-PIO)