PNP appeals for community support to solve peace and order problems
by Apipa P Bagumbaran
Marawi City (13 February) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) needs the support of the community in solving peace and order problems in the city.
Thus explained Police Superintendent Madid Paitao, Marawi City PNP Chief, during the recently concluded City Peace and Order Council planning workshop held in Bagumbayan Hall, Marawi City.
He said law enforcement is just one of the five pillars of the justice system. The police force will be able to solve easily peace and order problems in the area with the active participation of various community stakeholders like barangay officials, traditional leaders, Ulamas, non-government organizations and media.
Supt. Paitao said most of the peace and order problems in the city emanate from family feuds or "rido" of neighboring municipalities. Rido is a common problem in Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) particularly in Lanao del Sur.
PNP Lanao Del Sur Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Adap Paniares likewise underscored the importance of the community cooperation in the fight against all forms of criminality. He stressed that matters pertaining to peace and order cannot be solved by one agency only. The joint effort of various stakeholders is needed to address such issues. (PIA-Marawi) [top]