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Commentary: RP not a safe hiding place for terrorists

Tacloban City (September 8) -- The Philippines is not a safe hiding place for terrorists because of the government's anti-terror efforts.

The government's security forces are on an offensive operation in the remote jungle lairs because the terrorists have to be wiped out, not because of vengeance but because the government has to secure the place. That's an epic struggle which the Philippines have to win and will win.

President Arroyo has always said that the she will not allow the terrorists to continue their unlawful acts in the country, endanger the lives of Filipinos and hinder the coming in of development.

President Arroyo has imposed a 3-year deadline for her administration to wipe out armed movements fighting her government. She also instituted an amnesty program for communist rebels who the government classifies as a terrorist group.

This is a proof of the President's sincerity in extending a hand of friendship and reconciliation and her sincerity in giving the communist rebels a chance to return to the folds of the law.

The Philippine government is very serious in its fight against corruption and has engaged the services of Mr. Tony Kwok of Hong Kong, who is known as the anti-corruption czar of Hong Kong.

The government is fighting corruption in terms of criminal justice, administrative controls and procedural reforms. Given priority in these efforts are the revenue agencies which have been improving their performance.

The President acknowledged that while corruption is something that has plagued the country for a very long time and will not necessarily be eradicated overnight, the government is making progress.

The President and the Filipinos behind her, have sacrificed so much in order to earn the economic growth which the country is now experiencing after many years. She will not allow the country to be a haven for terrorists, because she envisions and she is working hard to make the country as a haven of peace and development. (PIA 8) [top]

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