About 650 policemen were deployed in Agusan del Norte to keep an eye on over 15 areas classified under watch list following the gruesome killing of re-electionist Barangay San Isidro Kagawad Rommel Magdayo Moldez of Santiago town.
“We already deployed close to 650 policemen in the entire province’ ten towns and component city while in tight watch in 15 barangays of the province classified under watch list areas” Agusan del Norte provincial police director Sr. Supt. Nestor Monton Fajura told PNA in a phone interview Saturday afternoon.
Fajura said of the 15 barangays under watch list, nine were due to the presence of New People’s Army (NPA)rebels in the area while six barangays were under watch list due to intense political rivalries.
Fajura also admitted proliferation of loose firearms and ammunition in some mining areas in the province, saying “it is really hard to get search warrant from the court due many legal and human rights impediment.”
Fajura, however, could not determine where the firearms and ammunition acquired by small-scale miners and some civilians came from.
Civilians and small-scale miners were allegedly arming themselves due to continuing armed harassment in their tunnels, hold up robbery and alleged extortion activities by some armed groups inflicted unto them.
Meanwhile, Caraga police regional director Chief Supt. Reynaldo Rafal confirmed that the shooting of a poll campaigner Eduardo Malayao Roluna, 45 yrs old, married, and a resident of P-5, Barangay Bayogo, Madrid, Surigao del Sur Friday morning was election-related
Police said Roluna was campaigning at the residence of Rogelio Talisic when the suspect Barangay Captain Melecio Sumaoy Mejorada, incumbent Barangay Chairman of Barangay Bayogo, Madrid, Surigao del Sur, together with unidentified companions, shot him using .45 cal. and 9 mm pistols.
As this developed, Rafal claimed he ordered early deployment of troops in said area and conduct further investigations of the incident.