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PIA Press Release
2007/11/16

Poor AFP budget worsens insurgency, say local execs

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (16 November) -- Provincial officials of the Compostela Valley Province bared the biggest reason why insurgency in the province can hardly be solved.

Comval governor Arturo Chiongkee Uy narrated how difficult situation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in holding operations in his province.

The army is supposed to conduct two operations every month that would basically require them about P10, 000 per operation.

"However, the army is faced by the problem on subsistence. Their budget could only allow them to hold "ronda" in just three two four days. The remaining days are usually spent not anymore on that particular operation because there is no more budget." he said.

Board member Armando Codilla also affirmed the same statement and disclosure of the governor.

"How can we solve insurgency when our CAFGUs (Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Units) are limited not to go beyond one kilometer radius from their camp? How can they catch these insurgents?"

Codilla also disclosed the common activities of some soldiers just to sustain their operation. He bared that the military are rather pushed to ask support from illegal loggers just to continue their operation.

Governor Uy, thus, called the attention of the military and asked for their concerns in combating insurgency as well as the totality of peace and order in the province.

Uy then learned that it is indeed true that the army is having a hard time doing their job because of budgetary reasons.

" Since Comval is the seat of seven front committees of the New People's Army, I am willing to add the budget for peace and order as I believe that we need to solve the insurgency in Comval," he said. (PIA) [top]

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