By Francis Allan L. Angelo


THE Police Regional Office (PRO-6) has intensified its intelligence operations following reports of hired guns planning to make hits during Holy Week.

Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas, PRO-6 director, said they are verifying the intelligence report about a pickup truck, allegedly carrying assassins, that managed to slip past a police checkpoint the other day.

Who is their target? Police could not say.

Police verified the plate number of the truck and found out that it was assigned to a Honda CRV.

“We have deployed our intelligence operatives to dig deeper into this. We don’t want these hired guns to kill somebody during one of the most sacred events of Christianity,” Cuevas said.

As part of their preparation for the Holy Week, the PRO-6 has cancelled the vacation leaves – approved and pending – of all police personnel in the region.

“We want to maintain our whole force and send them to the field during the Lenten season. Maximum police visibility through patrols and checkpoints will be mounted to secure travelers and churchgoers,” Cuevas said.

The PRO-6 said the whole police force in the region will be on heightened alert starting Holy Monday next week.

Iloilo Provincial Police Office director Ricardo dela Paz said 63 police officers including 18 police inspectors were added to their force in time for the Holy Week, adding that all police stations in Iloilo province are on alert for the one-week religious affair.

He advised the public to observe Lent and avoid taking too much liquor which might lead to trouble.