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Maguindanao OIC-Gov favors stay of state of emergency

Manila (23 February) -- Maguindanao Acting Governor Bai Nariman Ambolodto wants the state of emergency in the province to remain so that the relatively peaceful atmosphere would continue to prevail.

Ambolodto said, the state of emergency is helping the authorities to contain the attempts by some armed groups to engage in illegal activities and sow terror among the residents.

"Personally, I strongly favor the retention of the state of emergency in Maguindanao at this point in time when the people have gradually overcome the fear and apprehension as a result of the Nov. 23 incident.

"We have also restored governance in the province which is very important for the continuous delivery of basic services to her constituents," she said.

She noted that the people have realized that the state of emergency was declared by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to restore normalcy in the area and pave the way for peace and development to uplift their living condition.

The local residents are more focused on their livelihood activities, she said, denying reports that many have left their homes to settle in other areas.

"Mapapansin sa palengke dito sa Shariff Aguak, abala ang maraming tao sa paghahanap-buhay at pilit na iniiwasan na paguusapan ang nangyari at magbanggit ng pangalan," Ambolodto said.

The provincial government, she pointed, is regularly coordinating with the military, police, line agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and local government units for the regular delivery of services to the poor particularly the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who remain at the various evacuation camps in Maguindanao.

She said, the provincial government is putting in place contingency plan in support to the move of the ARMM leadership to return home some 22,000 IDPs to their original places of origin. (pbc/PIA) [top]

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