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PGMA says economic dev't remains her administration's weapon vs terrorism

Manila (21 August) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said today economic development remains her administration's principal weapon in the fight against terrorism and the pursuit of peace and progress in Mindanao, particularly Basilan and Sulu.

In a two-paragraph statement, the President stressed, thus: "Economic development, which we draw from the arsenal of democracy, remains our principal weapon against terrorism."

The President added that the "ongoing peacekeeping operations against rearguard actions of a despised and defeated group are meant to clear the path for these provinces' (Sulu's and Basilan's) journey to peace and progress which terror has delayed for so long."

Earlier last Tuesday (Aug. 14), at the "full meeting" of the National Security Council (NSC) which she reconvened, the President set the tone with her opening statement which mentioned her administration's "unrelenting efforts to forge lasting peace with justice, harmony and security for all Mindanaoans and the rest of the Filipino people."

"These efforts shall include… fast-tracking of projects and programs for infrastructure, health, housing, livelihood, farming and fisheries upgrading, and Muslim education and culture in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao," the President announced during the NSC meeting at Malacanang's Aguinaldo State Dining Room.

The above measures are over and above the protection of civilians in battle zones, strict adherence to ceasefire parameters, and the harnessing of all sectors and international support for peace and development initiatives.

"It's imperative that we all work together without selfish politicking to preserve the peace we have achieved so far and to advance it toward a final agreement and the massive development that will follow," the President added.

In his summation of the "highlights" of the NSC meeting, Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio R. Bunye reported that "the NSC acknowledged the need for more intensive development efforts and affirmative action for Muslim communities, to settle the conflicts in Mindanao."

Even the Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., stated right after the NSC meeting that the military is "a very small component" of the solution to peace in Mindanao. He clarified that the troops being sent to the two provinces are not necessarily for offensive "but for stability and to enforce the gun ban." He also announced that a separate AFP engineering brigade will be dispatched to Basilan as was earlier stationed in Sulu. (PIA) [top]

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