By Ali Macabalang
More than 60 personnel of the Lanao del Sur provincial police here have been missing since local terrorists laid siege in vital parts of this city on May 23, according to sources including anxious relatives.
Concerned family members on Monday said they became “very restless” over their loss of contact with the unaccounted lawmen since Day 1 of the siege here, adding that higher authorities would not make official pronouncement on the issue.
“We are worried. There is no news about them until now. Their superiors do not want to announce that they are missing,” a fellow local scribe quoted an emotional relative as saying.
Sources in the Police Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-ARMM) said all of the missing policemen, some of them residents here and off duty on May 23, have not been accounted for until Monday, June 12.
One of the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to speak on the issue, said Camp Crame has been closely monitoring progress on efforts to find the missing policemen. But there has been no favorable feedback from the field, the informant added.
National Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, during his visit in this city on May 31, announced that six policemen have gone missing amid the ongoing clashes between state security forces and members of the Maute terror group.
“We have six MIA policemen who haven’t been accounted for because the local police of Marawi City can’t contact those who are in the downtown area,” Dela Rosa told Crame reporters in Pilipino.
But subsequent headcounts found out that more than 60 policemen here have been missing.
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