Gov. Mangudadatu chairs RPOC 12
by Aida C. Agad
Koronadal City (19 September) -- Sultan Kudarat governor Suharto "Teng" Mangudadatu was unanimously picked to chair the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of region 12 during the joint meeting of the RPOC and the Provincial Peace and Order Council-Sultan Kudarat held at the new three-storey Provincial Capitol at Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.
According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) here, Mangudadatu can already preside over the council's meeting and replace then Cotabato governor Emannuel Piņol even without confirmation and concurrence from President Arroyo, so as to immediately address peace and order concerns of the region in line with the imperatives of the administration to curb lawlessness, terrorism and other threats to peace and order in all parts of the country.
As the new chairman-designate of the region's peace and order council, Mangudadatu vowed to spearhead and adopt a paradigm shift in the council to address crime prevention and anti-insurgency campaign by way of introducing more development programs and projects responsive to the attainment of sustainable peace and development in this former war-torn region.
Central Mindanao or better known now as the SOCCSKSARGEN region has a unique peace and order situation that is also considered volatile by government peace-keeping forces. Accordingly, it is threatened by the presence of Muslim separatist groups Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF, terror groups such as the Jemaah Islamia (JI) and the notorious Abu Sayaff Group (ASG), as well as communist insurgents linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA).
Philippine National Police (PNP) 12 regional director PC/Insp Felizardo Serapio Jr. the council's vice chairperson was elated with the council's preference for governor Mangudadatu to take the chair as he lauded his integrity, experience and expertise in governance, and crisis management coupled with his commitment to institutionalize a functional council that would address the peace and order concerns of the region.
Mangudadatu also recommends the restructuring of the council with every component responding to divergent functions such as Anti-Crime and Insurgency; Relief and Rehabilitation; Special Laws; Information Education and Communication; and Development Coordination. (PIA 12) [top]