DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) told members of the Volunteer Police Auxiliary (VPA) to be watchful at all times, especially when responding to incidents or suspicious people.
This developed after one volunteer policeman was stabbed by two persons whom he accosted for acting suspiciously in Barangay Daliao, Toril District late Saturday evening.
DCPO spokesperson Sr. Inspector Maria Teresita Gaspan said police volunteers have to be cautious because “we don’t know who our enemies are.”
Gaspan surmised that the attackers of Norberto Ferrera, 39, a VPA assigned in the Toril Police Station, were under the influence of alcohol or involved in illegal activities. Ferrera is still recuperating from stab wounds at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
“So they must learn from it and be extra careful as far as applicable,” she added. Based on the reports, Ferrera was driving his motorcycle on his way home to San Vicente, Daliao at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Upon reaching the junction of the road going to Vales Beach Resort and the barangay main road, the victims saw two unidentified men acting suspiciously and standing beside the road.
As Ferrera did not know both persons, he approached them, hoping to get their identity. But the two immediately attacked him with a knife.
The Toril police is still conducting further investigation to know the identity and arrest the perpetrators.
DCPO has currently 900 volunteer police auxiliary assigned in the twelve police precincts in the city.
De Guzman said Ferrera could have accosted the two persons since he has a standing order to all his patrolling police subordinates to always check the identity of anyone roaming the streets past 10 p.m.
The order, he said, is to preempt any crime in the neighborhood. (Rhoda Grace Saron/PNA)