The Philippine Star reports: “The elite Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be deployed in the regions identified by President Duterte as areas where “lawless violence” is rampant. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde directed the deployment of one company or about 100 police commandos to each area mentioned under Memorandum Order No. 32. Albayalde said the PNP commando group would form part of the government security forces deployed in areas of Samar, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental and the Bicol region.
President Duterte issued MO 32 ordering the deployment of additional troops to some parts of the country as part of the government’s measure to suppress “lawless violence.” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said MO 32 reinforces guidelines under the state of national emergency on account of lawless violence, citing “a number of sporadic acts of violence” happening recently in the provinces. The areas where more soldiers will be sent include Samar, the Negros provinces and Bicol region to “suppress lawless violence and acts of terror” and “prevent such violence from spreading and escalating elsewhere in the country.” The three Visayas provinces and Bicol are areas heavily infested by communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.”