By Francis Allan L. Angelo


THE Police Regional Office (PRO-6) will prod the PNP national headquarters to scrutinize suppliers of bullets and magazines to the police force.


This will be the main agenda of PRO-6 director Isagani Cuevas when the whole PNP organization holds its national command conference December 18.


Cuevas said he will recommend to the national command stricter assessment and accreditation of ammunitions suppliers after broaching the possibility that the bullets used by Regional Mobile Group (RMG) based in Negros Occidental were expired.


A team of RMG members were ambushed by suspected members of the New People’s Army December 3 at Brgy. Estado, Victorias City.


The ambush resulted in the death of PO1 Jean Tacadao and wounded police officers Anilou Patricio, Melanie Tupas, Marife Cantomayor and Jocelyn Quebar.


RMG-6 director Remus Zacharias Canieso said they tried to fire back at the rebels but their bullets did not fire. The magazines also failed to feed the bullets into their M16 Armalite rifles.


The dud bullets and defective magazines prompted the PRO-6 to investigate the quality of ammunitions issued to the RMG.


Cuevas said tighter assessment of the suppliers and their goods will ensure that the bullets they will use are not substandard and will not endanger the lives of police officers.


The PRO-6 chief said the bullets and magazines are purchased by Camp Crame and delivered to the regional offices which in turn distribute the items to field units.


Some of the bullets were supplied by Chinese manufacturers aside from local accredited suppliers, Cuevas added.