Aklan peaceful, but Army, PNP not letting guard down
by VG Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (26 October) -- Aklan is currently peaceful but the Philippine Army here based in Camp Jizmundo, Libas, Banga, Aklan is not letting its guard down, but prepared at all times, so terroristic incidents like bombings in Mindanao and the CPP-NPA raid of Bacolod International Airport and the destruction of its facilities will not happen here in Aklan.
This was the assessment of Capt. Tony Tumnog, designated information officer of the 47th IB here of the Philippine Army when he reported on the activities of his organization at the 4th quarter meeting of the Aklan Public Information Officers Association (APIOA) recently held at PIA-Aklan Office.
The Philippine Army attributed the peaceful situation obtaining in the province to close military and civilian interaction resulting from an effective peace process initiative in the form of medical and surgical missions in far-flung and poor barangays.
Capt. Tumnog cited the recently-held Kalahi Community Day and Hinun-anon sa Barangay held in Malinao, Aklan wherein one of the major components was the medical mission jointly manned by the AFP medical team and members of Aklan Medical Society.
On the part of the Aklan Police Provincial Office here (APPO), Police Inspector Ramon Santos said PNP-Aklan is prepared at all times.
"We have to be ready always. Hindi paatras ang panahon. We are also appealing to the people to help us by reporting to the police whenever crimes are committed or if some persons are acting suspiciously - for fast crime solutions, or preventions," Inspector Santos said.
"If you have also seen something unsatisfactory with our police personnel, report right away," he added.
Insp. Santos said to prevent the incident in Silay City from happening in Aklan, the 601st Mobile Group is constantly monitoring vital installations in the province like airports and major seaports.
Incidentally, with the recent Regional Trial Court decision of dismissing the case filed by the Municipality of Malay through Mayor Ciceron Cawaling against the provincial government of Aklan represented by Governor Carlito S. Marquez for Declaratory Relief with Preliminary Injunction, the "one-entry, one exit" provincial ordinance in Caticlan and Boracay Island will now be fully implemented.
This is the signal that the Aklan Police Provincial Office under the leadership of Provincial Director William Macavinta has been waiting in order to fully monitor the Caticlan and Cagban Jetty Ports "so terror acts that happened in some places will not happen here", according to the PNP-Aklan head. (PIA) [top]