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Commentary: Fighting terrors in the South

Negros Occidental (18 October) -- The Visayas and Mindanao regions in the south are subjects of terroristic attacks recently.

The Mindanao area having been the target of series of bombings of Indonesian terrorists and other rebel groups is placed under “extreme critical alert” – the highest of a four-step public terror warning system—after three bombings last week, including one powerful blast that killed six people and wounded 29 others during a fiesta in Makilala town in North Cotabato province.

In Negros Occidental, the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army attacked and bombed vital installations of the on-going construction of the New Bacolod (Silay) Airport of International Standards leaving a P30 million of damage to properties albeit no casualties were reported.

After this major incident, a number of encounters happened in pursuit of the criminals that affect the residents of the different areas. Most of them are suffering and even lost their lives and property to include innocent lives of children due to their evil acts that only brought chaos and havoc. Affected families been internally displaced and cannot restore their once normal lives.

The CPP/NPA and other threat groups have been restless in spreading fear in the minds of the people who have stood against them or refused to give in to their terroristic activities. Many vital installations and establishments have been damaged and hampered. The normal operations of businesses and other economic entities are disrupted.

In compliance with the order of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to wipe out the NPA in 2010, the Army in Negros Occidental is moving with the “war mode” against the insurgents. Four standby helicopters are in the province to augment the military operations and movement in the province.

Col. Gregorio Fajardo, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade disclosed that two of the four helicopters are attack helicopters.

The Administration continues its call for the Senate to expedite the passage of the anti-terror actions. (PIA/EAD) [top]

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