Former chief of the National Police Rolando A. Mirones Jr. launched some strong criticism against minister of government and justice Raul Mulino for his attitude towards the presence of the FARC in the Panama-Colombia border area.
On his blog, Mirones writes that when he was chief of police the policy was to not open fire on suspected guerrillas except in the case lives were in danger or to protect the local population. Instead, the police would engage with them diplomatically and request they leave the area.
"This procedure hasn't been perfect, but it has been proven to be the most effective under the local circumstances", writes Mirones. "The region has not been exempt from violence and insecurity, but what has happened there so far will only be the tip of the iceberg of what could happen if we declare war on the FARC, irrespective of the reasons brought forward to sustain such a decision".
Mirones dismisses Mulino's statements that he doesn't want war with the FARC. "The problem with that is that when a minister is forced to say publicly that he doesn't want a war, he does so because he knows that what he has said and/or done earlier indicates the contrary".
Read the full piece by Mirones (in Spanish) here.