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PIA Press Release
2007/04/13

Army seeks prohibition of camouflage for civilians

by Jean Duron-Abangan

TAGUM CITY (13 April) -- Brigadier General Antonio A. Amodia of the Task Force Raptor yesterday asked local government officials to come up with an ordinance prohibiting civilians from wearing camouflage.

His call came after armed members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) successfully raided the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) and took away more than 100 firearms on the guise as members of Task Force Davao.

Amodia admitted that there was a noted mass buying of camouflage days before the incident happened.

“People can just easily buy camouflage. As long as they pay for it, they can have it. Madali lang naman kopyahin ang unipormi ng military,” he said in explaining why NPAs can still fool the public into believing that they are members of the military and not otherwise.

But with the ordinance, which he hoped would also cover penalty for tailors unauthorized to sew camouflage military uniforms, such deception of the NPA could easily be known.

“Kung magpagawa kami ng uniporme, meron kaming authorized tailoring,” he said in an interview.

He is discouraging tailoring owners from making camouflage uniforms while also asking them to somehow make moves to clear with the military whether such military get-ups are for legal purposes. (PIA) [top]

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