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Gen. Dela Paz briefs media on counter-terrorism

Tacloban City (December 14) -- General Eliseo dela Paz is scheduled to interact with the local media today to brief them on the counter terrorism program of government.

This is in line with the thrust of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to eradicate terrorism and counter insurgency in the country. As she stressed in one of her statements, President Arroyo said that although the authorities are on top of the situation, there is a need for the active support of the community to safeguard the perimeters of peace and order. The strong partnership and cooperation between a vigilant public and security and peace-keeping forces will deny any room for the terrorists to carry out their sinister plots.

General dela Paz is expected to discuss the tasks and programs of the Philippine National Police in coordination with the Local Government Units in keeping peace and order in the Region and the country as a whole.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when she announced the Government's all out war against insurgency and terrorism, directed the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to work hand in hand in the attainment of the goal.

The coming in of the Holiday Season which bring more people to the urban centers, to the malls, ports, airports, terminals and other public places, makes the briefing imperative, said Director Olive Tiu of the Philippine Information Agency in Region 8.

The briefing and interaction with the local media will be conducted at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office 8 at 9:30 o'clock in the morning.

Expected to attend are the media practitioners from the different tri-media outfits in the Region, who are expected to serve as partners in educating and informing the people that vigilance and coordination with the proper authorities, are the best weapon to counter terrorism.

While the country has no anti-terror law yet to complement and augment the government's anti-terrorism activities, President Gloria Macapagal-Aroyo ordered for the creation of an inter-agency type of Anti-Terrorism Task Force on March 22, 2004 under the Cabinet Oversight Committee on Internal Security.

The Anti-Terrorism Task Force was reconstituted under the Office of the President with Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita as chairman and the National Security Adviser as vice-chairman and national coordinator. (PIA 8) [top]

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