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PIA Press Release
2008/11/04

ComVal exec insists LGUs support no rebel group

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (4 November) -- Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy denied the statement made by 10th Infantry Commander Major General Jogy Leo Fojas of having a shadow government in some towns in the province.

Fojas was quoted of saying that some political figures in the Comval province are supporting elements of the New People's Army which made it difficult for the military to beat the said rebel group.

"I believe that it is just his personal opinion but I get reports from other field commanders telling me that it is not true," Uy said.

When asked if Uy is planning to conduct an investigation to find out if Fojas' claim is correct, he said that he knows his mayors and he still believes that the accusation does not hold enough water.

Uy, during the Kapihan sa Dabaw yesterday, told the media that the local government is indeed supportive not to the rebel group but to the military.

"I have been allocating around P5 million every year for the augmentation of the needs of our AFP and PNP like fuel and food," he said.

Instead of being accused as having a shadow government in his province, he asked Fojas the latter's definition of shadow government.

Uy admitted to have been hurt hearing such statement after providing the military his all-out support.

"But the statement will not stop me from helping the army with their needs. I believe that it is a personal opinion and not the whole institution," he said.

The chief executive bared that intelligence work still remains to be the weakest skill of the army and that he urged them to work on this weakest spot.

"They should invest on human intelligence and the LGU is willing to help them in their communication system," he said. (PIA) [top]

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