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PIA Press Release
2008/08/04

PGMA congratulates PNP and NOLCOM for decline of crime rate and rebels in Region 2

Tuguegarao City (4 August) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo congratulated the Philippine National Police (PNP) of Region 2 for the impressive decline crime rates all over the region.

In her speech during the closing program of the Local Peach and Security Assembly (LPSA) the president said region 2 improved a lot and performed well as gaged from the decline percentage of crime rate in the past months.

However, she also mentioned that there are a few areas that recorded increase in crime rate and the reason maybe due to political problems. She then asked local politicians to pursue peace and security among communities and set aside political issues.

The President also congratulated the North Luzon Command (NOLCOM) for the dramatic decline in number of armed rebels here.

Based on the report of NOLCOM there are only less than 500 armed rebels enlisted operating in the whole region 2. But the president is very optimistic in saying that these number of rebels can be encouraged to return to the government for peace and good life.

"The community wants and what I want also is a comprehensive peace and security in region 2 for the development of every one," President Arroyo added.

She likewise urged NOLCOM to take moves further and go after rebels in far areas of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces and to look into the tactic operation of the rebel groups.

She also urged the communities to help prevent the increase in number of rebels and not to be victim of recruits, and also prevent extortionists that distract economic growth of the society.

"The communist rebels spent years as a low-level threat and it is time for their disruption and violation of human rights to be put to rest so that the nation can move ahead," the President said.

Armed rebels impede the progress and development of rural areas and are responsible for a wide range of human rights abuses.

"If we want to attain a 1st world country we have to put a stop to their ideological nonsense and criminal acts once and for all, that's what we want to do until 2020," President Arroyo added. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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