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CAR leaders oppose transfer of Apayao, Kalinga police offices to Region 2

BAGUIO CITY (7 September) -- In efforts to keep the Cordillera region intact, all the region's representatives to congress unanimously expressed their strong opposition to the transfer of the administrative and operational supervision and control of the Kalinga and Apayao provincial offices from the Police Regional Office- Cordillera(PRO-COR) to Region 2 as contained in NHQ-PNP General Order Number DPL 07-11 issued on August 30, 2007.

The lawmakers appealed to President Gloria Arroyo to reconsider said order so that Kalinga and Apayao PPOs will remain under the authority and supervision of PRO-CAR.

In their letter to the President dated September 5, Congressmen Elias Bulut, Jr. of Apayao, Manuel Agyao of Kalinga, Solomon Chungalao of Ifugao, Victor Dominguez of Mt. Prov., Samuel Dangwa of Benguet and Mauricio Domogan of Baguio and Congresswoman Cecilia Luna of Abra said they are compelled to oppose and move for the reconsideration of the order because they were not fully consulted about it.

They also cited that such move violates the provision and intention of Executive Order 220 which created CAR. They said the move is prejudical to the concern of the people of the Cordillera to stand and administer itself as one region.

"Having a common cultural heritage and history and being one in their struggles for recognition and autonomy, the Cordillera peoples can better work together towards the pursuit of their plans and aspirations. It is but proper to allow them to deal with their problems, face the challenges and concerns in all aspects of development including peace and order", the congressmen stated in their letter.

The lawmakers' position on the issue is supported by the provincial and municipal officials led by Governors Flordelia Diasen of Kalinga and Elias K. Bulut, Sr of Apayao as well as various sectors of the affected areas. Among these are the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Kalinga Chapter, Rotary Club of Tabuk, Kalinga, and the Kalinga-APayao Religious Sector Association.

Officials and leaders from different sectors in Kalinga earlier vehemently raised their objections over the move during a kapehan program.

In the letter of KARSA to President Arroyo, they emphasized that people with strong sense of commonality and belongingness are in better position to understand and work for each other towards the pursuit of their plans and aspirations, and dealing with their problems, challenges and concerns be it in the area of development or peace and order. (PIA) [top]

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