PNP Seeks Policy on Turnover of Insurgency Fight vs Rebels

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) wants to meet with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in order to come up with clear policy guidelines on security involving the turning over to the police the insurgency problems of the country in the next few months.Deputy Director General Edgardo Acuna, PNP deputy chief for Operations, said the meeting is aimed at negotiating with the military as to the parameters that would govern the police's assumption of the campaign to finally finish off the New People's Army (NPA) in the countryside."We are negotating with the AFP for the turnover and should there be parameters for our acceptance," said Acuna in an interview.Among the issues that the PNP wants to be clarified on, the official said, is the issue on who would maintain the left-behind forces in former NPA strongholds such as the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) and the parameters that determine if a certain NPA areas is indeed already cleared.Another issue, he added, is the financial resources that the PNP should have in maintaining a certain area insurgency-free."Their definition of manageable security threat is that the NPA force in a certain area is inconsequential... but what are the parameters that we can use to really determine whether or not what they have been handing to us in terms of cleared areas are indeed cleared," said Acuna.Military records revealed that the anti-insurgency operations in the provinces of Guimaras, Siquijor and Biliran were turned over to the police and local government units in 2008. …