CALAMBA, Laguna: Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr., PNP chief Gen Rodolfo Azurin Jr., and PRO 4-A Regional Director BGen. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. visited and conducted an inspection on Sept. 23, 2022, at the Masungi Georeserve in Tanay, Rizal. The brewing issue of the Masungi land dispute is creating conflict between the land caretakers and security agency personnel, which prompted the appropriate intervention of the PNP. Nartatez has previously released a statement to restore the sense of normalcy in Masungi Georeserve amid the reported presence of security armed personnel in the protected area. “Teams from Rizal Provincial Mobile Force Company, Baras and Tanay PNP were deployed to conduct 24-hour patrol and visibility to ensure peace and order in Masungi,” Nartatez said. “An investigation is also underway to identify possible violations of the group responsible for the alleged deployment of the armed men. What we are advocating for is to avoid any tension or violence from arising,” said Azurin. Azurin also ordered the probe into the alleged harassment and assault of one of Masungi Georeserve’s caretakers. “Our security is tight. We are also constantly coordinating with the DENR and local government units. The PNP will continue to implement a sustained police presence at the Masungi Georeserve in Tanay, Rizal,” he added.