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Tabuk petitions PGMA to reverse order placing KPPO under PRO 2

TABUK CITY (14 September) -- Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) here unanimously agreed to come up with a resolution asking President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to reconsider the order transferring the Kalinga Police Provincial Office (KPPO) under the jurisdiction of the Police Regional Office of Region 2 (PRO2) from PRO Cordillera (PRO-COR).

Governor Floydelia Diasen, who chairs the PPOC, asked for the support of all concerned to oppose General Order DPL 07-11 dated August 30, 2007 which states that 'effective the date, Kalinga and Apayao Provincial Police Offices are hereby placed under the Administration and Operational and Supervision and Control of the Police Regional Office of Region 2'.

This opposition to the order has been getting support from various sectors of society even as Tabuk City Chief of Police CSupt. Romulo Danglose disclosed that the order which became effective last August 30, 2007, was favorably accepted by most of the KPPO personnel since they find it more convenient to conduct their official business in PRO 2 considering its proximity to Kalinga. Only six personnel were against the move, Danglose informed.

However, said course of action was not lightly taken by members of the PPOC claiming that the reason of proximity is not a sufficient ground to make the order.

Diasen expressed her disappointment that the local government officials were not even informed or consulted on the matter. She said that the seven governors of CAR have unanimously agreed to ask for a reconsideration from President to reverse the order.

In his statement, Bishop Renato Abibico of the Kalinga Apayao Religious Sector Association (KARSA) said that the order "has no solid bones to prove itself as a decision adding that it is "an affront to our sensitivities as people of Kalinga. The decision is adversarial to the concerns of the Cordillera people to stand and administer itself as one government body made expedient by a common cultural heritage and history," the Bishop said.

For his part, Tabuk City Administrator Lawrence Bayongan said the order is a violation of the provisions of Executive Order 220 or the Creation of the Cordillera Administrative Region towards the vision of autonomy.

Meanwhile, several petitions and opposition letters from the League of Mayors of the Philippines (LMP) Kalinga Chapter, KARSA, Rotary Club were also hand carried by LMP Vice president and Balbalan Mayor Allen Jesse Mangaoang to the President seeking for her intervention and reconsideration of the matter.

All the region's representatives to Congress have also signed a letter to the President asking for reconsideration.

Said petitions and letters similarly stated that the 'General Order was violative of the provisions and intentions of EO 220 that created CAR and that there was no consultation made with the local officials and the people prior to the execution of the order.

Diasen said during the PPOC meeting that they will seek an audience with the President if the national government will not take action on the issue. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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