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PIA Press Release
2008/10/14

Fight against terrorism a shared responsibility, says police chief

ICC General Santos City (14 October) -- Regional Director PCSupt. Felizardo Serapio Jr. underscored that fight against terrorism is a shared responsibility between the people and the government.

"The PNP cannot afford to take chances whenever there is a threat of a terrorist activity and counter-terrorism is a shared responsibility of the people and the government. The public must do their own part to ascertain their own safety," he said.

Recently, Defense Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr. commended the PNP 12 authorities for their quick action that had somehow deterred expansion of atrocities in the provinces of Cotabato and Sarangani.

Meanwhile SarGen Coastal Area Sultanate Consultative Body for Peace of the Municipality of Malapatan, Sarangani Province in a published statement condemned the brutal destructions of private properties as well as the consequent killings of innocent civilians, Muslims and Christians alike in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato and Sarangani Province describing the act "as horrible and inhuman."

Just like the consultative body, Police Regional Office 12 highly condemns the transgression as terrible and despicable crime against God and people.

In order to address greater escalation of MILF atrocities all over region 12 and in anticipation of actions of various threat groups for larger destabilization, a contingency plan was devised by Police Regional Office 12 in close coordination with other concerned government agencies.

The contingency plan intends to oversee the preparedness of the different operating units in dealing with various crises that will affect the survival of the government institutions, ensure the protection of lives and critical infrastructures, economic key points, the defense and security of the community.

Different commanders on the ground were also directed to simulate drills as part of the preparation.

Aside from augmentation of troops from other Mindanao-based regions, the Regional Mobile Group (RMG) from Police Regional Office 6, 7, and 8 are now deployed in some municipalities and villages in North Cotabato to prevent further incursions by lawless MILF Groups (LMGs).

Clearing operations by the police and AFP units also continue in some villages and municipalities in North Cotabato to allow internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their homes and farmlands and start a normal life. (PNP-PRO 12/PIA SarGen) [top]

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