By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Slain Guihulngan City police chief, Police Superintendent Arnel Arpon, who was killed during a New People’s Army (NPA) ambush last month, will receive full police honors from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) when he is buried this weekend.
In an interview yesterday, NOPPO acting director, Police Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil, said final preparations for the police chief’s burial in Hinoba-an are ongoing.
He added, an NPA offensive during memorial services is expected, and has requested the Philippine Army to assist with security.
Castil noted, they have received reports of NPA sightings across Negros Occidental, but would not divulge the specific locales.
Meanwhile, following the rebel group claiming responsibility for the attack, calling it “payback for atrocities committed by the Guihulngan City police,” Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) spokesperson, Captain Eduardo Precioso, said they are “mere accusations.”
He called Arpon “clearly innocent” as he had only been at the post for three months.
Last month, Arpon and five other police officers were killed after being ambushed by 60 NPA members in Barangay Magsaysay, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental./WDJ