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PIA Press Release
2006/10/23

NVizcaya mayor says anti-terror bill, a pill for peaceful communities

BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya (23 October) -- Mayor Pepito Balgos here said the early approval of the anti-terrorism bill would strengthen the peaceful atmosphere of villages in the countryside.

In an interview with PIA, Balgos said he welcomes the anti-terrorism bill as it serves as a basic foundation of communities in safeguarding various development projects of the government.

“Development can never be attained if we do not have first peace in our communities. If we do no have strong laws on terrorism, then our development efforts now would never be inherited by the next generation,” he said. According to Balgos, the recent declaration of an all-out war of the government against the New People’s Army (NPA) is a necessary step to protect the gains of the people from destruction brought by endless war on ideologies.

“I believe that the anti-terror bill will push our development into greater heights. I strongly support it so why don’ we give it a try?” Balgos added.

He also allayed fears of increasing human rights violations once the bill will be approved since only those who have criminal and terrorist minds will have no place within a peace loving community.

“The absence of anti-terrorism law is the reason why there are still sightings of communist rebels in some villages. Those who do not like peace in their community are the one’s afraid of this law,” he said. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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